I want to take a moment and thank all those who helped during hurricane Michael and everyone helping with the aftermath and the cleanup. Right now, there is much to do with the search for survivors and providing the services for those without food and housing. If the track had moved a few degrees to the West, precious members of my own family would have been at or near the ground zero for this horrific event. I pray for everyone involved, and I thank everyone who is assisting.
Life is precious. Quite often, life is also serendipitous. We don’t always know what is going to happen nor, how bad it’s going to be. What we can do is keep faith with and follow the guidance of those we pay to monitor the situation and protect us.
Many of us tend to live with the ‘John Wayne’ mentality, which makes us think we can do just about anything. The truth of the matter is, unlike Mr. Wayne who could call ‘Cut’ at any moment during his movies, we cannot stop, nor walk away, in the middle of the real scene we have put ourselves into. Once we have made the decision, and we’re there, the best we can do is play the scene out against destructive forces, sometimes far more significant than anything we might be able to handle.
When the call comes out for us to do our boarding up, securing of our valuables and leaving, we need to do so. If it turns out not to be as bad as predicted that’s great. It would be better than having to be caught in something that was far worse than we ever imagined. We can rebuild structures, we can buy new things, we can rebuild our lives. And remember, we’re the only one of us there is.
Please be kind to others and take care of yourself. You would be amazed the number of people who would be a little bit lonelier without you.
Thank you for being here today, and we look forward to being with you again soon.