posted on Jul, 13 2006 @ 06:50 PM
I will share with each of you an email I sent to President Bush a month after Katrina
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 17:25:42 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Inspiration: A Picture Can Say a Thousand Words
In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina our battery operated radio was my family's lifeline. We had it turned on from early morning until late
evening_listening to what was happening in each part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
I recall during the first week after Katrina made landfall I was sitting in the kitchen listening to the radio and I heard a voice on one of the
stations say help was on the way and trucks were coming from all across the country to deliver food, water and ice.
That is when it hit me about the utter devastation. I don't know what I had more of...tears from the emotional impact of this statement or the sweat
due to the stifling heat_both mingled together and rolling down my face.
The gratitude I feel for the countless organizations and individuals reaching out to those in need has welded into my soul. I shook and trembled
through the tears while thanking God I lived in America_the most generous nation on earth...the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Today I found one of the greatest inspirations I shall remember for a lifetime. It was on the cover of a journal I purchased at a local dollar store.
The pictures on the cover were in three sections and had words from Eleanor Roosevelt.
The lower section on the cover showed a partial tree trunk stripped of its bark. Katrina stripped the beauty of our Gulf Coast, but not forever
because we will rebuild and will not accept defeat.
The center section portrays one of the longest piers I have ever seen stretching out into infinity over the ocean. I see this as a walk of faith, not
knowing how long this journey may be, nevertheless determined to reach our destination.
The top photo is a tree bursting with green foliage. The branches stretch far and wide and its trunk reaches far into the aqua blue sky. It rises
above the stripped bark, above the long walk on the pier, it is the final destination to bring beauty and livelihood to the Golden Gulf Coast.
The quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams".
My response to her quote is perseverance. I have seen this attribute in the faces of Katrina victims and in the faces of those reaching out to us from
all across the nation.
This is what deems us unique in the eyes of the world..."In the grip of despair we are united as one people_setting aside all the culture boundaries
in a determination to accomplish the mission to bring comfort, aid and hope to those whose lives have been turned upside down and inside out".
On the back of the journal I found the name of the person who designed the cover. Her name was Susan Young. My guess is that she would have never
dreamed how these three photo's would draw so much inspiration out of complete devastation.
How true are the words...A picture is worth a thousand words?
The answer lies within the eyes of the beholder.
[edit on 13-7-2006 by Southern Belle]