It felt like a scene from the movie, Twister.
While we didn't have a twister in our village of 1200, we did have straight line winds over 80 mph and rain coming down in sheets last night (Friday). When the storm had ravaged our town for 30 minutes or so, it left us without power and plenty of foliage all over. It looked like a war zone in which trees battled it out.
Many of us came out of our homes to assess the damage as it was only 8:00 p.m. and we had plenty of light. Fortunately, it appeared as if most homes had been spared. Many trees and branches didn't fare as lucky.
We and our good friends next door put together a game plan and started dragging limbs to a central location between our houses. Two former students stopped by to help by cutting up some of the larger limbs with a chainsaw. My guess is they were going around town to offer assistance to whoever needed it. Tommy (our neighbor) called another friend to see if we could borrow his trailer, and his friend delivered it so that we would have it ready to go today.
When we got up this morning, we got right to work and finished in about an hour and a half. As my husband and I left town later, we saw a community effort going on throughout the village. People stepped up to help each other in a time of need.
It did my heart good.
But then I thought to myself, why do we only step outside of our comfort zone to help in a time of disaster, tragedy, and distress?
While what I saw last night and today was amazing, I want to see that sense of community and support grow. We have some new businesses in our village, and we need to help them be successful by spending our dollars there to support them. We need to spread the word about them so that others come to patronize their establishments.
Even though we're small, we have many activities and events that are happening. We can be a part of each others' lives outside of disasters. While the storm brought us together by circumstance, we can do a better job of working together to grow the sense of community we have by getting involved, being visible, and getting outside our comfort zones.
Not just when the times are tough but when they are also amazing.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.