Lessons Learned From Hurricane Harvey
It’s been a rough week in Kingwood (suburb of Houston), Texas. We have seen rain for days followed by epic flooding. While it’s been a scary, sad, chaotic, unprecedented week, there are always lessons to learn when life takes you on a spin to Plan B (or C.) Here are the lessons I learned this week from my life in Kingwood after Hurricane Harvey
- Stand up and be counted! You can do this! You got this! Hastag or not, Houston shows it’s underlying strength in times of adversity. The hashtag has surfaced everywhere showing us to be tough but big hearted and strong enough to face what it takes to rebuild our city. Being strong takes courage however we know we can rebuild our city. Our stengths comes from knowing how to work hard, be kind, and take on what comes our way.
Many hands make for light work. That’s especially the case when disaster strikes. Having a team not only eases up on the work itself, it also helps with the stress. Research shows that surrounding yourself with positive people, energy and conversations makes hard situations easier. When you are together, process the situation, make it fun and also get work done. It’s overwhelming and endless when you are undoing the damage of flooding. Be the person that turns things upside down and make team work happen. Think about how to be a part of the solution! In our community local churchs banded together to aid families in need. Food was available all over the community. Boaters from the “Cajan Armada” rescued our people over and over. Find a fit for your strenghs and share the work and fun.
Find the good
It’s not always easy to find the good. It can be distracting when traffic snarls while getting to your home to clean up. It’s an emotional roller coaster when you are working on your home and emptying all your first flood onto your lawn. Find a way to find the good. Here’s the little things I noticed in the last 2 days that helped me find the good in our community.
- A “corner store” on the corner of 2 streets, giving away from cleaning supplies, food and supplies.
- ” A boat came and got us,” driven by the Cajun Armada, people from Louisiana who knew the devastation a hurrican causes. Thousands were rescued by these men and women.
- Families helping families rip up flooring. Kids, moms and dads working together to help other families that they had not met.
- Chain saws, manned by anyone and everyone, ripping through trees making passage ways available
- Free food, supplies, and support at every corner in our community.
There’s never a good time for disaster. Our country has been through a lot this year. Texans are showing what it’s like to be strong, stay positive, and make a difference by helping others in our community.
What lesson have you learned from Hurricane Harvey?
Watching Harvey, and now approaching Irma, reminds me that I can’t micromanage every detail to ensure a positive result. Things happen. Storms sweep through. Plans are upended. Even if we do a wonderful job of preparing, events may not unfold the way we had intended (or hoped.) That doesn’t mean we have failed. Resiliency requires a “letting go” of how we think life should be, and an openness to alternate possibilities: working with new teams and under new circumstances. The people of Houston and surrounding areas have shown a willingness to surrender their own agendas to benefit others. So encouraging!
Ellen, I’m so glad to read you writing again after the hurricane. What a scary time!
Thank you for this positive piece. I love “find the good”!
Thansk @Nonnahs ~ yes there are many blessings to keep in mind during a rough time! Thank you for sharing!
@Seana – I love your post on your blog about preparing for emergencies. It’s not that we can control outside forces, however we can determine how we face those circumstances.