The media is reminding us about Katrina. It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since New Orleans was annihilated and changed forever. I was talking with one of my students about it a few weeks ago. She grew up in New Orleans and she remembers vividly being stranded on her rooftop for several hours, waiting for someone to save her. She was 7. Many people decided to relocate like her family but some stayed to rebuild. I heard a story on NPR the other day about a man that was able to finally get out of debt because of the insurance money he received following the destruction of his house. He chose to stay in New Orleans and begin again. In his interview he was full of hope. He was almost thankful to Katrina. He said, “Because of Katrina I was finally able to get out of debt.” What a refreshing perspective. Katrina was an absolute catastrophe, there is no doubt. It was a tragedy that rocked not just Louisiana, but the whole nation. But we are seeing new neighborhoods being built that were previously under water and condemned. People are starting again and looking positively toward a bright future despite the pain of the past.
“To New Beginnings”
Last night I met up with an old friend who is also going through a divorce. We traded stories and commiserated for hours. We didn’t feel sorry for ourselves. We recognized that life is hard but it’s not over. We agreed that God is big enough to bring some good out of the destruction that we as sinners create. I’m not quite at the point where I am fully thankful for the destruction itself. However, I am trying everyday to show gratitude for my suffering. That’s easier said than done but I will say, it’s possible to change your mindset and attitude to reflect daily thankfulness instead of wallowing in self pity. It’s possible and it’s happening for me more and more. I have a lot to be thankful for but most of all I am thankful that there is such a thing as new beginnings.