Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino
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Would You Open Your Door to a Fellow Human Being?

This article originally appeared on BestMillionPeople.com and received over 6,200 views.
A door didn’t open for Glenda Moore, whose two young children were swept away by floodwaters from hurricane Sandy, after she sought shelter at a stranger’s house, but was refused help. Police found the bodies of her two young children, Connor, 4, and Brandon, 2, about a quarter of a mile from where she lost her grip. Moore managed to free the boys from their car seats and clung to a tree for hours as she tried to shelter them in the midst of the strong winds and rain. Then she made her way to a nearby house and pleaded to be let inside with the kids, but the occupant refused to let them in, according to her account to police, reports CNN. Moore was attempting to drive her children to a relative's home in Brooklyn after their home became flooded and lost power during the surge of the storm. However herFord Explorer stalled in rising water, according to a police report, NBCNews noted. In desperation, Moore went to the back of the house and tried to break in but was unable to do so and the floodwaters took her children away, CNN reports. The house's alleged occupant told CNN he didn't see a woman but a man outside his house and that the man didn't asked to be let in but instead asked him to come outside to help.

This is a familiar story, "There's no room at the inn." What is this tragedy to teach us? As uncomfortable as it is to acknowledge this- we all have the capacity to allow fear to take over our better judgment and close our doors to one another. For most of us it's unfathomable to turn away a mother with two children in need and the image leaves us nauseated at the helplessness we feel. We are asking ourselves what can we do to ensure these two children did not lose their lives in vain, to learn some lesson in their memory, make the world a better place because of their sacrifice?

Today, November 4, 2012, we ask you, Would You Open Your Door to a Fellow Human Being?

Loss and tragedy reminds us if we are aware that we are connected, regardless of geography- as humans. 

Are we helping each other as best we can?  

How can those of us from afar help?  

Are we all doing enough? 

How does life continue on when you know there are others suffering?

Many watched the morning news shows being held from New York city and many scratched their heads at the joyful programming mixed in with the tragic Sandy aftermath reporting.  It was hard from afar to understand how part of New York City seems to be functioning just fine and in other parts people are being found under rubble or kids are being found not far from where they were swept away from their mom in Staten Island.

As we write this, in areas hardest hit, millions are still without power, homes are gone, homes are flooded, damaged and there is loss of life.

We have heat.  We have Power.  Katie wasn’t even in the hurricane, she is in Washington state.  Elizabeth is in Maine which wasn’t in the eye, but on the outskirts of it and we had plenty of rain and wind. Yet, many have a profound response to what has happened and it is impossible to ignore the images on the TV from Hurricane Sandy or the tremendous amount of social media surrounding it. 

To those who survived, many of whom we see crying on TV, the words “You’ll be ok” might not be so easily comprehended.  Can a person whose house has been destroyed really be ok?  When will they be ok?  How do you know they will be ok? 

Is Glenda Moore ever really going to be ok?

On TV and from relatives, Elizabeth hears words like “I can’t believe this really happened.” In fact, her husband is stunned as his entire childhood was spent on the Jersey Shore in many of these areas.  He feels like crying.  People on TV are crying.  Elizabeth opened up a photo album to look at many good times her family has shared on the Jersey Shore.

The Moments Matter. 

 Many, I’m sure feel like sticking their heads in the new house high sand banks and really saying three wishes to wish this had not happened and yet somehow tragedy brings opportunities to come together, sharing compassionately.

We have a choice of how we act now. Do we dwell on the pain, what is gone, what is lost and or do we take the energy from loss and make a positive difference? Imagine if everyone reading this made it a point to get to know the neighbors on all four sides? What if we all dedicated the lives of these children to building more supportive community groups designed to help during crises. What if we focused on creating positive change as a result of the many lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy? We can bury our heads in the sand or acknowledge we can always do better. We can decide and start today to build communities where there is always room at the inn and doors always open!

We can't bring Connor and Brandon back, but we can all open our doors and hearts to the Glenda's in our own communities.

With Thoughts, Prayers and Love,

Elizabeth and Katie

About Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino, Hay House Author and Founder and CEO of The Best Ever You Network, understands first- hand the challenges life can bring and has worked with thousands across the globe to illuminate their light within and help them live their best life. Elizabeth and her husband and four boys live in Maine. She has a degree in Communications and Broadcasting, is a Life Coach, food allergy expert and survivor and is the host of The Best Ever You Show. 

About Dr. Katie Eastman

Dr. Katie Eastman, founder and CEO of Children's Palliative Care Community is a key figure in the lives of those struggling to understand death, the process of dying and how it informs living. An advocate in the field of hospice and palliative care for over 25 years, Katie is a transition coach, consultant and writer supporting others in living today better than yesterday. Katie holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Social Work with a Health Care specialization. Katie lives with her husband and daughter in Washington.


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