In the confusion and mayhem of #Sandy, we lost track of our downtown Manhattan based CEO, Rachael Chong, for a few hours. Without cell service, power, internet, it took her some time to get to a safe place. When she wrote to update the team on her whereabouts she had this to say about her situation:
I lost power at home last night but caught myself flicking the switches anyway, out of habit. Hot water wasn’t available either. It took a lot of work to function normally without lights and without hot water flowing from the faucet at command. I was curious and looked up some stats. 79% of people in the Third World live without electricity every day; 780 million people live without clean water; and when we take a 5-minute shower, we use more water than people in many developing countries use for an entire day. And these are just the basics. Shoot.
Times like these remind me of how much we have, how much we have to be grateful for, and how much we have to give. Because we can simply flick a switch and make the lights go on, because we don’t have to walk miles to collect water, because we can safely walk out of our homes without fear, because our garbage is picked up daily and whisked way for us to never see again, because food is abundant (and literally served on silver platters for us) — because of all these things that we don’t even have to think about — we have the luxury of going to work and making a difference. The luxury to make a difference, the luxury to give back, and the luxury to do meaningful work. I refuse to take this for granted. I will take advantage of and LOVE every luxurious day. Please someone slap me if I don’t.
Right now we are compiling a list of ways to indulge in the luxury of giving back post Sandy in the immediate future and in the weeks and months to come.
We welcome your leads in the comments below, on FB or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe, be well and stop feeling guilty — do something about it!