How do we connect – How do we engage?
Our thoughts and prayers continue to focus on the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, the impact on Southeast Texas, and the lives of so many of our fellow Texans. Though, as is so often the case, disasters can bring out the best in people as we rise to the occasion by helping others in need.
Unfortunately, Texans have earned a reputation for often being too loud, too proud, too sure of ourselves and our superiority over citizens of the other 49 states. But as the events of the last 10 days have unfolded, we’ve heard stories, seen photos, and watched videos of selflessness and random acts of kindness performed by Texans by birth and those who got here as soon as they could.
I saw a bumper sticker this morning that read: “Being Nice to People is a Really Good Idea”. The simplicity of the statement resonated with me against the backdrop of displacement and distress felt by our neighbors to the south.
Here’s hoping that we can keep the spirit of connection, engagement, service, and collaboration going long after people are safely returned to their homes and those they hold most dear.