Just reflecting on the events of 2004. In light of the devastation Mother Nature had dealt on people of Southeast Asia, I feel blessed to survive the wrath of Ivan. I am grateful to all the people who helped our community rebuild. I remember getting teary eyed after seeing linemen from Canada trying their best to restore electricity in our town. I also saw relief workers from everywhere around the country doing anything they can do to ease the loss and the pain of my town's residents. I am thankful that my town is located in the United States of America where the relief efforts are almost instantaneous. Lives had been spared because of the concerted efforts of many public and private agencies.
I love the picture above because it embodies the spirit that my town had during the holidays. Ivan was the Grinch who threatened our Christmas but like Dr. Seuss' famous book's Whos, my townpeople and I realized that Christmas was about the intangibles.
May everyone of you have the best year ever!