Disaster is a difficult word for me to reflect on because I have been very fortunate to avoid nearly all disasters in my life. My home was safe from various hurricanes that have swept the east coast, I'm in an area that is not prone to fires or flooding, and I don't live in a city big enough to worry about being attacked or having an accident occur. The main disaster I can even say I was "involved" with was 9/11, but that is simply because I remember when it happened and how the teachers reacted when they heard the news. I did not live in New York nor know anyone in the towers, but I did have friends who had family members die that day. So to say that I was "involved" with 9/11 is a very generous statement on my part.
Although I may be wrong in this theory, I feel like the word "disaster" has been lightened by people who live similar lives as me. When you do not come in direct contact of the fear or sadness a disaster may cause, it is very easy to forget such an incident occurred. Not many people were aware the Chernobyl disaster's 28th anniversary was two days ago and some people are also very unaware of the ferry incident which recently occurred in South Korea. I pray you never come in contact with these kind of events, but if you ever do, I can only hope for your safety and pray you and your family/friends survive. Although I could continue rambling for a few more paragraphs about disaster, I would like to cut this post short and encourage you to take the next five minutes or so in silence in remembrance and in honor of the many victims who have lost their lives to natural and man made disasters as well as their families who had to continue to move on after the incident occurred. My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of need and hardship. My love will always be there for you. Best wishes,