As I watched the morning news earlier today, I saw this video. This is a video of people huddled in a store in Joplin, MO as the tornado hit Sunday. You won't really see much but you can definitely hear the people's voices as well as the rumbling and rustling as the tornado hit. You can hear adults and children crying, praying and calling out to the Heavens, as well as people saying their 'I love you's'. I was in tears as I listened/watched this video and that means a lot coming from someone like me who doesn't cry much. I couldn't help but think of how those people must've felt; the level of fear they must've drowned in as they anticipated the imminent disaster; the feeling of not knowing what will happen next and if you will survive it; the wondering if there is indeed someone, a God, looking out for you who can save you.
I can only imagine the pain of those who were there thinking of their loved ones and whether they'd see them again...
Life is fleeting. We know this but often take this for granted. With all that's going on in the world, I don't think anyone can say that he's FULLY prepared for ANYTHING. Nobody knows when they'll die, where or how. And very few of us can really choose how we'd like to leave this earth. So the real question is, how much of your self can you leave behind to live on in others, through others? Because in truth, that is the only legacy that truly counts...how much of your self you've shared or given unconditionally; how much your own life has allowed others to truly live; how much of what you know has nurtured others; how much you've illuminated a darkness in this world; how useful and relevant your being has been in the cycle of Love.
As we reflect upon these questions, let me also share this link to those of you who want to help out our brothers and sisters in Joplin, MO.-----