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Gone in a Gust of Wind At the time of writing this, Hurricane Harvey had just ripped through Texas, and Hurricane Irma was bearing down on Florida. More storms are on their way, and when this issue goes to print, we’ll know how it all turns out. For now, all I can think about is when Hurricane Isabel roared through Virginia in 2003. The aftermath was devastating. My family was left without power for two weeks, and we spent the first few days cooking everything in our refrigerator before it could go bad. When the schools finally opened again, I had to find new routes to take my daughter to school because Midtown Tunnel coast were completely demolished. FEMA can only do so much. The most some people will be able to get is $250,000. After you’ve lost everything, that’s not enough to rebuild your life. As oncoming storms threatened to swing up the coast toward Virginia, I took note of my own life and what we would have to do if worse came to worse. Sometimes we put our heads down and focus on just grinding through life. I know there are times when I’m poring over a piece of paper, and I’ve let my life become all about facts and figures. When I finally remember to look up again, 10 years have gone by. If there’s any silver lining to these terrible storms, it’s that you are forced to look up. In times of crisis, we remember the people who are really important to us and how temporary life can be. What’s more, we’re reminded that people really do want to help one another.
WHEN WE’RE REMINDED TO HOLD OUR HEADS UP
was severely damaged during the storm. Across Virginia, the damage totaled over $1.3 billion. As bad as we had it, I know the people down in Texas are going through a lot worse. My heart goes out to the people of Texas. The state needs over $150 billion for repairs. Tens of thousands of people were displaced, and some lost their homes altogether. Cities right on the “... sometimes all you hear is discord and disagreements, but when something big happens, people will still drop everything to help one another.”
on the desk. No matter the differences, at our core we’re all human beings trying to make it through life together. The least we can do is lend each other a helping hand, even when there’s not a hurricane breathing down our necks. I’m proud of the work we do at the office, and the opportunity we have to help other people every day. Time moves fast, and everything can change with a gust of wind. At the end of it all, I want to say I was able to make a difference in the lives of my friends, my family, and my clients.
After Hurricane Harvey left Houston underwater, the news was filled with stories of people helping each other. People with boats drove for hours to help with rescue efforts, strangers opened their doors to families who lost their homes in the storm, and donations poured in from all over the world. These days, sometimes all you hear is discord and disagreements, but when something big happens, people will still drop everything to help one another. I believe sometimes God sends us disasters to remind us there is more to life than the computer in front of our face or the paperwork
– Joseph Miller
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