As I get older, I find that I am more and more emotionally affected by the events our world goes through. I'm not directly related to the victims of our days tragic events nor do these tragic events even occur remotely close in distance to me. My heart feels so heavy for the victims of Haiti's earthquake that occured on January 12, 2010. So many men, women and children were left with absolutely nothing and more often than not, have lost one if not more family members. It's hard to put yourself in their shoes and to imagine the struggle and worry the victims have of finding lost or deceased family members and still needing to find shelter, food and medication for the rest of your family.
One thing I continue to learn is the resiliency we all have as individuals; for the survivors to rise from the rubble even after days and days of burial and to look towards a new day with gratitude and renewed faith. I also learn that no matter how much violence, death and drama that is portrayed these days on the news, there are still countless people out there with the softest hearts and willing hands to give what they can to those who can't.
I'm thankful for our country and the means we have to provide relief and hope in times of heartache. I'm thankful for the selfless doctors and medics out there who give their time and talents to treat the wounded.