As I wrote about a couple of days ago, I am weathering the storms and flooding along with my fellow Northern Coloradoans. It’s been a pretty amazing time – as anyone who has been through a natural disaster can attest. Fears, worries and anxieties butted right up against feelings of strength, hope and awe at the heroes and helpers among us.
Now that the danger has passed (at least for my community), I have been able to sit back and reflect on the last few days. Here’s what I have come up with:
Text messages matter.
What I mean is that in times of crisis or grief (or any big event, for that matter), reaching out to people can mean a whole lot. And the reaching out can be as small as a little text like “I’m thinking of you” or “R U OK?” It takes just moments, yet it can be so powerful. Sure, a short voicemail, email or Facebook message will also do. Just something that lets folks know they are not alone and that someone has them in mind.
I’m a little bit ashamed that I haven’t been better at reaching out to friends and family when I know crises have struck their communities. I’ve never wanted to be a “burden” or “get in the way.”
Now I know better.
No one is bothered by receiving a quick note of comfort or support. And it is something we can all make time to do.