Today has been one of those days where watching the news had an overwhelming effect on me. With the constant news of Hurricane Sandy, and hearing now of floods in Venice, Italy, and a storm on the coast of South India near Sri Lanka, it made me think, will we ever reach a point where the world stops feeling like it's running on a hamster wheel? I'm a firm believer that our thoughts create the energy around us, the purer the energy, the better the physical manifestations of life around us. To avoid becoming too metaphysical, the point I'm trying to make is that these catastrophes, removed from the destruction they leave behind, may act as reminders of the things we forget when we become so caught up in 'life'. I've heard so many stories of unbelievable kindness, the strength of the human spirit, community, sharing, concern, and love, following the wrath of 'Sandy'. It's unfortunate that it takes a calamity such as this to reveal our humanity, but it helps illustrate that pure and simple goodness is not absent in society, it's just overshadowed when we start to focus on ourselves over others. How can we maintain this perspective after such bad experiences? Sage wisdom tells us that once we learn lessons in life, we should try to imbibe these teachings moving forward. Easier said than done I suppose, but the last few days have shown me that a little kindness, from each person, added together among a big group can have a huge impact. Maybe what we all need to learn is to not wait for a tragedy to reveal our humanity, but moving forward, remember the value of the lesson we've all witnessed, and keep the humanity alive :)