Looking at business or even personal financials is not always a good way to brighten a cloudy day, and I always struggle to see the end of what is a long and dark tunnel through most of the post Christmas period. However after being absent from the blogging world for a few weeks I am sensing a new turn of optimism, not that Oak Filing just got an order for 100,000 folders or that I just won the lottery, but just that being thankful isn’t actually that difficult.
It was only when browsing through various blogs that I saw a selection of titles; Haiti 2 years on, Japans recovery, Africa’s Burden. My student loans, Oak Filings difficulties and even those out of work and struggling to pay mortgages cannot compare their problems to what people in the world have experienced and overcome. Everyday people defy the odds set against them, not just financially, but physically and mentally.
-33 died due to tropical storm THANE in Cuddalore.
-More than 5000 houses of fishermen damaged by storm
-Death toll mounts to 40
Flooding in Surigao del Sur, Philippines
-15,000 evacuated from towns. The earlier storm killed 1,249 in the Philippines.
Chilly Cold continues in Northern India
-Death toll at 128
-Three more infants are reported to be dead by Chilly cold in a hospital in Malda, West Bengal
Flooding in Malaysia -Total 2,700 evacuated.
-The level of rivers Sungai Muar in Bukit Kepong and Buloh Kasap, Segamat are above DANGER POINT
This selection of events that may not have stood out in the news, maybe because they are not of a magnitude that reaches us and compels us to help, because they happened so far away from us and its not forced onto our doorstep, maybe because we have never experienced anything like this and struggle to relate to their problems or that we have no control over natural disasters and there is nothing we can do. Or maybe just maybe because they all happened between the 24th and the 28th of December, and we probably had more ‘important’ things to focus on. In comparison, how was your Christmas?
I am no saint and usually like most people do nothing and so feeling a new sense of gratitude I am going to donate £5.00 to The British Red Cross, in the hope that the money I give, though it may not make a huge difference may inspire others to donate what they can. Even if you think you have no money, no help and no luck, you have far more than you think.