For many years people have been saying that “one day”, a storm is going to hit the New York City area and bring destruction like no one has ever seen. And many of us kept saying things like, “Yeah, but that one day isn’t happening in my lifetime”; or “That one day stuff is nonsense. That’ll never happen here.”
Well, “one day” arrived in a major way this week.
Hurricane Sandy has pretty much devastated the tri state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in a fashion that hasn’t been seen in more than a couple of lifetimes. Think about that for a second.
There are people who will be without power for 10-14 days, probably longer. I’m among that group, and with my radio job, I essentially ended up locked in lower Manhattan for 3 days with no power there either following the storm. None of this has been an ounce of fun, but radio has reminded me constantly just how fortunate I am. As the source of information for millions during this trying time, all of us who are on the air, whether at music or talk stations are doing our best to inform and uplift our brothers and sisters who are truly suffering in Sandy’s wake.
To see the images I’ve seen and hear the stories I’ve heard and had to talk about on the air is a great reminder of that old saying that no matter how bad you’ve got it, someone else always has it tougher.
I saw that pic at the top about 10 minutes ago on Facebook, and it prompted me to really want to talk to you (hope my boss at the station doesn’t mind! LOL) about the meaning of it; at least, as I interpret it this morning based on my experiences the last few days. I wish I could do a video, but I don’t have that capability at the station and we’re running on a twice repaired in the last few days generator, so I pray that my words will suffice.
How many people who’ve been talking about their hopes, plans and dreams and using the phrase “one day” now may have to shelve those thoughts indefinitely? How many people perished as a result of this storm who had hopes that they clung to so tightly of following their heart “one day”, only for that day to never come?
Read that quote at the top again. Please.
How much longer are you willing to put off those hopes and dreams; the things that give us incentive, inspiration and LIFE for another day?
If you wait too long, “one day” may never arrive. It’s up to you to take steps to assure that “one day” isn’t just a dream, but your reality!
What are you willing to do today to start moving “one day” up on your calendar a bit?