"Katrina did New Orleans a world of good"

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A word of good! And a world of exclamation points!
  • A word of good! And a world of exclamation points!
Linda and Richard Eyre write "A World of Good," a blog-column for The Deseret News, Utah's second-largest paper. Their stock-in-trade seems to be looking on the bright side of life: "Their recent work with families has included travel to 45 countries as well as virtually every state in the U.S. Having raised nine children, they now also have the added bonus of insights from 21 grandchildren. In a world of goodness along with the inevitable evil and turmoil the Eyres believe that every society hinges on the quality of its families. Their mission statement is to: Celebrate Commitment, Popularize Parenting, Bolster Balance and Validate Values."

The Eyres came to New Orleans two weeks ago ("As we drove through what is known as the Ninth Ward"), and have now filed a dispatch titled "Katrina Did New Orleans a World of Good," which probably needs a disclaimer that it's not actually from The Onion ...

The interesting thing about going back five years after the havoc wreaked by Katrina was that everyone we spoke to including our drivers, our friends in the organization we went to speak for, people in the restaurants and at the mall claimed that Katrina was the best thing that ever happened to them!

Of course those who lost family members or a dear friend would not be able to say that but by and large people just couldn't get over the things they learned from being a part of the biggest hurricane disaster in US history! There were trials they would never have asked for but they wouldn't give up what they learned from them for anything!

Yes — I think we can all agree with them that those who lost family members or a dear friend would not be able to say that.

The thing that most people mentioned when they talked about their learning experiences was that they were forced to change! They soon realized that life was never really going to be the same. Of course many people left and never came back as they realized how good people were to them where they "landed". To everyone who experienced Hurricane Katrina first hand, life became more important and every day from then on was more precious.

The Eyres close with a quote by the writer Storm Jameson — "It is an illusion to think that more comfort brings more happiness" — so we'll be kind and invoke another quote: Luke 23:34.

Thanks to Humid City for the tip.

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