While one side of the pond celebrates a royal wedding between a prince and his Cinderella, the other side faces catastrophic loss after what many are calling the worst tornado outbreak in nearly forty years.
While so many of us watched t.v., talked with friends, cheered for our teams, or just thought about life....people in the deep south were losing their homes, their loved ones, their livelihoods, and even their lives. Nearly 300 innocent people have lost their lives, and that number is expected to rise.
This morning, all I could think about was helping those who have lost everything. In times of tragedy, you always hope to see the very best in people.
While every headline, whether on the television or online, focused on the devastation across the south, someone decided--after so much human tragedy--that this morning was a critical time to send me a rather pointed message about how I (and others like me) am wasting my time waiting for the right man...that I should, in essence, chalk my life up to this point as a massive mistake and give up.
My response? Delete. I don't need to defend who I am or what I stand for, not anymore. Comments like these, I assume, are meant to tear people down, yet, for me, they only make me that much stronger. It's a sad day when an individual makes it a priority to down someone they don't even know for their beliefs, rather than taking that time and energy and using it to aid fellow human beings who are suffering. Shame.
For every individual such as the above message-sender, there are far more who are ready and willing to provide hope.
Please, let's all send prayers, hope, and love to the victims of these horrific acts of nature.
If you would like to help further, please visit the following sites to learn how:
1. American Red Cross
2. Salvation Army
3. You can also visit the Alabama Governor's Emergency Relief Fund.
God Bless all those impacted by these devastating tornadoes.
When you have some free time, please take a few minutes to listen to the lyrics of this song--this is the South, and they need all the love and hope we can give them.