According to Merriam-Webster, the noun perspective means, “a : the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed <places the issues in proper perspective>; also : point of view b : the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance”.
Earlier today, I found myself feeling a little frustrated with life. Fueled by hormones, I was borderline irritable and cranky, but I had to work. So, I sat on the couch and multi-tasked between two jobs and two different laptops. While I multi-tasked, I turned on my radio and tuned in to a local (though syndicated) talk show. I jockeyed between the two jobs, and I could feel myself becoming more anxious as I started focusing on my projects for the week. The more anxious I became, the less attentive I was to either job. Then I found myself distracted by the radio show, hearing the same audio clip played and replayed. The clip was recorded on May 22nd around 5:30 PM CDT in Joplin, Missouri, as a tornado tore through the city.
The video is raw, shocking and heart wrenching. Due to the power outage, there is little to see in the video. However, the audio alone is enough to convey what is taking place. As a mother, I found the cries of the children cut me to my core. Tears filled my eyes, as I listened to the children witness a horrific wrath of nature.
Then there are the pictures by the Associated Press. Pictures of the hospital (with a downed helicopter) and a neighborhood that no longer exists.
Shortly after hearing the audio and seeing the pictures, I received an email from a fellow blogger. Turns out, another fellow blogger lives in the Joplin, MO area. Though she is ‘okay’, her home and car were damaged.
Now, the above is personal. A need existed before the situation turned personal, but when something affects a (blogging) family member …. I’m unable to explain it, but it changes things.
The state of Missouri needs our attention; more specifically, the people of Joplin need our attention. In fact, we should not forget the devastation in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, etc, as they continue the clean-up. Though the outbreak of tornadoes in the southeast made headlines for several days, the killing of Osama Bin Laden turned our attention overseas. At the risk of sounding preachy (though not predicting a rapture), let’s turn our attention back to the United States of America. We have many Americans in need right now. Please donate: The American Red Cross. I did, and my perspective is more accurate.
Feature Photo by: Mark Schiefelbein