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In times of disaster

ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - January 16, 2020 - 12:00am

With the recent volcanic eruption, even if it only affects provinces close to it, we can’t help but worry for those affected by it. Even if we are miles away from where the disaster is but still worry because we have relatives and friends there. Every now and then we call them, send messages, and ask what their latest condition is. Our worry is exacerbated especially that every action is covered in real time. With our technology, even if it is taking place in a remote area, we can witness it blow by blow.

It is heavily ingrained in our consciousness that when one dear to us is in danger, we can not do away with the thought of how we can immediately help or provide assistance in any way possible. In what mode or area we can do to ease their pain, to help get them out of their present situation. And we feel guilty if we cannot help them. And this for me is natural since we also expect help from them when time is not on our side. When we are in trouble or in challenging situation, without asking them for sure they too will extend their hands, even small yet meaningful ways.   

The effect of a catastrophic event is frequently estimated by a bunch of numbers: the quantity of fatalities and wounds, the quantity of homes and structures annihilated the expense of cleanup and fix. It doesn't regularly represent the passionate injuries perpetrated on survivors. The impact is even extensive and moving thus we can't stand to be simply in the sideline.

At the point when individuals experience these traumatic and often unexpected surprising occasions, their first response is normally a blend of dread and pain. They're so a long ways past the standard of ordinary human encounters that they truly stick out. What's more, in this horrendous experience, they need passionate help.

Since the response from our relatives is so spontaneous, we feel assured and that nothing to worry about their condition. However, simple as it may seem but the recovery may be prolonged and so requires a genuine heart that helps.

We feel that we are interconnected to one another that if somebody or a certain group feels disadvantaged or threatened, we feel the same or at least we find ways to ease their pain. Such shared feeling is universal but very much pronounced to those who continue to have strong connection with their loved ones. Our relatives abroad would find time to send message asking us our conditions. Even if they cannot physically help us but their thoughts and prayers do help us tremendously.

Terrible things do happen, similar to war, natural disasters, sickness. However, out of those circumstances emerge accounts of customary individuals who give comforting thoughts, prayers, and resources.

Our prayers and thoughts would help ease out emotional struggle the victims have been through. It is the thought that somebody cares, somebody longs for their presence and that someday things will turn out positive and bright.

ligayarabago@yahoo.com

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