An old friend stopped by the sweetriot home office today. Bob is the type of person who can leave and reenter your life many times, and he is always welcome. Bob has lived in China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Dekalb, Illinois (and more!)
In the time Post Katrina, I have received many messages about giving to charities -- I receive less messages about intangible giving - a visit, a card, a phonecall, a hug. Although money is clearly necessary, our friends in the South also need to hear from us. They need to know that we are thinking of them and want to help. When Bob stopped by today, I was reminded by this idea of the intangible. He really just wanted to say hello and to extend his support of sweetriot.
In the time post-Katrina, one should ponder what we can learn from this event. For me, it means thinking of losing a home, job, belongings -- scary. However, the strength I know I would not lose is from my family and my friends. The Katrina aftermath reemphasizes that the material things are replaceable but human lives and support are not.
If you haven't already, take a moment to think of the intangibles....they are more important than we realize.