Golden Lessons from Hurricane Delta

We were all experiencing the same basic things (deprivation of sleep, comfort, certainty) and every person would choose how to interpret it. The letter was slipped under our hotel room door with the words “Mandatory Hurricane Evacuation”. As I read the instructions I fell into a momentary stupor, took a deep breath, then started packing for an overnight stay in an unknown safe place. At 5pm, we left our room to join a line of about 50 other guests. All having the same basic experience with different takes. Some were complaining (of course), some were happy and laughing, while some looked eagerly for any updates. After waiting for some time, transportation to the shelter began. We were transported in groups of about 10 people to a large warehouse. The line there was even longer and the building was not looking like a five star stay. When we entered in, there were rows of bunk beds, 2 people per bed (twin sized mattress). The staff did there best to stay calm but a few confessed this being their first hurricane and shared how nervous they felt. We were fed well, hamburgers and fries, with our basic needs provided for (very basic). When the building was reaching maximum occupancy the stress levels peaked. Many guests, including my sister’s family, were ushered into food pantries and storage areas as the bunks were all full. The night passed very slowly and the sights, smells, and sounds have left a lasting imprint on my mind. So the Golden Lessons? How we choose to act when devastation hits. The most prevalent feeling was community. Once we were all in, once the reality hit, humanity worked together to make room for everyone. New friendships were made. Laughter and conversations everywhere. Words of comfort and acts of service. Not to mention a birthday celebration at midnight as we were all awake anyways. The key word was civility, finding ways to get along despite the situation and differences. Everyone was eventually cared for and we all adjusted to the limiting circumstance, mattresses on boxes/shelves/ground. I’m sure many were griping and ready to rage about it as we left the next morning, but my interpretation of it is this: cumulatively we made the best of it and somehow the experience has become a treasure of connection and memory of humanity at its best. #CIVILITY 10/6/20

Published by KendraRuthAgree

Finding the Golden Rule in action everywhere I go! It’s like time stops and I get to watch amazing scenes play out in front of me. Scenes that embody Kindness, Empathy, Respect, and Civility. Arizona is a Golden Rule State and I’m what you might call a Golden Rule prospector.

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