A New Day

October 24, 2007

I just found out that my sister and her husband got home safely, from their trip to Oregon. They live near one of the fire areas. Fortunately, their home and their kitties were spared from the tragic outcomes that so many people in Southern California have found themselves. For that I am very grateful. Although, I cannot wrap my brain around why anyone would intentionally set a fire. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, I have worked for years in an acute psychiatric hospital, I have worked with dually diagnosed clients and I still cannot conceive of people who would do such an awful thing. I suppose the criminially insane have always alluded my understanding. Where I live, it is safe. Our fare city has always been tucked away safely from mother’s nature’s wrath. We sit here in our protective space and watch feeling helpless and watch in shock and horror as the fires wreak havoc on the rest of Southern California. We do our part of course, when we can, donating what we can in food, clothing, energy and shelter for those less fortunate. But every year when these things happen, it just reminds me of how small and insignificant our seemingly insurmountable problems are, such as; bills, arguments, the woman at the bank who looked at me strangely… It is all just a little overwhelming at times to put into perspective. I just count my blessings and put myself in the category of one of the lucky ones.