I had a whole blog post written in my head about how rough this week has been for me. How I was able to put a positive spin on my troubles and hardship. I cannot do that now. I cannot speak about how hard it has been for me to have to bathe in our pool, eat amazing Thai food, and sit in our fanned or air-conditioned house. Yes, we haven’t had running water in the house for almost a week, but we are still living very well. Just even writing this makes me feel like a total heel, but I feel it is important to be honest.
It is sad how self-involved I can be sometimes. Especially as so many are suffering in the aftermath of Super-Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. I cannot even begin to understand, let alone write about here, the devastation and turmoil those in the Philippines are struggling through right now. The news and photos on the internet scare me and pull at my heart. A fellow blogger at Journeys of the Fabulist posted about some blogs that she follows that have the inside story (Thanks B!).
I really liked Charly’s Blog, written by a gentleman who was born and raised in the Philippines. Charly has been relaying survivors stories and updates on what is actually happening there. His writing brought tears to my eyes.
Another blog, Fascinations of a Vanilla Housewife, is written by a woman in the Philippines who made it through the storm unscathed and has some excellent links to ways that one can help.
Please check these blogs out and do what you can to help those that have lived through this massive natural disaster. I hope you will also join me in praying (or sending good thoughts) for this country that has been hit hard this year. Now I am now going to research ways that I want to donate and help, while slinking away with my tail between my legs and joyfully preparing to take a bath in our pool.
Vanilla Housewife was the one who directed me to Charly’s blog. It really is humbling to hear those stories first hand. We all get so caught up in our lives (it’s not you – it’s universal!) and reading that story really brought home to me (as well) the difference between my life and the lives of others.
Well said. I love that there are blogs that help me understand other perspectives and realities.
I am praying for them. It’s heartening to know so many people including bloggers like you and B are helping out in different ways!