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Flooding shows things from a different point of view

My eyes see things differently at times than others.

I try to look for the positive in everything, even when there seems to be none.

It was devastating to see the flooding in Houston and all of those who had lost everything due to rising waters. Rising waters are what I see as difficulties in life. They start out as a small puddle and then multiply into a large sea of angry water.

Water is a powerful thing, and of course when the waters rise, you have to find shelter and refuge. That’s not much different in life. When the waters rise, you are looking for a boat or something that’s going to get you through the difficult time.

What I saw in Houston were people from all walks of life in need of help to escape their rising waters. One minute, everything is calm, and the next minute, they are all trying to figure out how to save their own lives as well as others.

When things started to get rough and very dangerous, what I also saw were strangers helping strangers to get to safety. No one wanted to see their fellow human beings drowning when they could help them.

One story that caught my attention was one of an elderly woman who had what she thought was a stranger knocking on her door to tell her to evacuate her home. At the time, she opened the door and heard from a man she did not know asking her to evacuate because the water was quickly rising and she needed to get out of harm’s way.  When she asked who he was, the man explained he was her neighbor who lived directly behind her. Someone she had never met or spoken to until that moment.

The woman, while glad to see him, told the man that she had her husband in the home being cared for by Hospice and he couldn’t leave unless carried out. The man never hesitated, telling the woman she had 20 minutes to get her stuff gathered and ready to be taken to safety. In tears, she said she got her things packed and she and her husband, whom the neighbor carried out the house, were transported to safety.

In my eyes, that’s coming together for the betterment of your fellow human being, never worrying about your own safety to help those in need. That man wanted to help his neighbor who he never met. Even had they known each other, he would have done the same thing. That’s humanity at its best.

While the nation is dealing with a lot of turmoil and disagreements, those who helped rescue their fellow human beings didn’t ask if they were Democrats or Republicans, or whatever. They saw a human being in need of help and they helped them.

Another thing that crossed my mind was that I am sure there were neighbors who at one time had disagreements or misunderstandings that let all of that go just to save their fellow Americans from drowning. If you think about it, when folks disagree or become angry, isn’t it interesting how that can heal when something like a flood happens to where all of that is washed away just to help someone in need? That’s how my eyes saw it, and it should not take a flood for this to happen.

While everyone has their own opinions and thoughts about things, I am sure the negativity left once someone put out their hand to help others. A hand reaching out in peace can save a life, just ask the folks in Houston.

I do see things outside of the box, but once you take a long look at things, you begin to realize that everyone is human, they make mistakes, and when you need them the most they are there for you when the flood waters begin to rise.

Once again, my eyes see this as an opportunity to heal as a nation and world. While you may have differences from time to time and get angry at folks, those same folks are more than likely going to be the ones who reach out their hands when you need them. There’s no party lines, no judging, just one human realizing the importance of putting differences aside and helping fellow human beings.

Just an observation from someone who sees things at times from a different perspective.