Footnote 2: Of horror and hope, loss and love
Life is short. We don’t know when it’s going to end. We could be here today, taking photos and writing lines, but be gone tomorrow, or maybe even later tonight. Or perhaps, as soon as the next hour, minute, or second arrives. The same thing can happen to you, too. It’s a truth we face in every single day that is given to us, which is why it’s very important to savor each moment and dare not to waste even one.
But the fact that death is a part of life does not ease its devastating blow on the loved ones left behind. Death is much harder for the living — those people who are expected to find a way to go on even after their world ended.
Last weekend, death came in the form of flash floods caused by Typhoon Washi (locally named Sendong), sweeping away hundreds of people from their homes in the southern part of our country, the Philippines. Survivors are still looking for missing family members who, with the way things are looking, are most likely dead. In our country where Christmas is primarily about family, the devastation of this disaster is double in magnitude. Even though we do not live in the affected area, we feel the pain of the survivors. We are, after all, their fellow countrymen and more importantly, their fellow human beings.
If you would like to give love and hope this Christmas season to people who desperately need them, please send your donations to The Philippine Red Cross. We believe this is the safest way for sending monetary donations electronically. PayPal, PayDollar and credit cards are accepted there.
If you don’t have anything to give for now, prayers and good thoughts are most welcome, too. Also, exposure matters a lot, so please feel free to share this through your preferred medium (WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). It would be great to have more people aware of this so that more help can be sent to the affected area.
Thank you very much.