My heart aches for the families whose homes are in danger. It's almost harder to not know whether one's possessions will survive than to accept losing everything. The unknown drives us crazy. Will he survive the surgery? Will the baby be healthy? Will I get the job? Will my child succeed? Will the traveler/soldier/fire fighter/activist/diplomat make it home?
Ours is an uncertain life with such a hazy outlook that we often tire of trying to see, just as my burning eyes on the drive caused me to keep them closed more than open. We're torn between the desire to know and the over-stimulation of our complicated world, between the desire to care and help and the feeling of inadequacy.
Bless the fire fighters, those who most clearly see the dangers and risks, and keep their eyes open, leap into action, and change the world. Bless anyone with the courage to face the unknown with eyes wide open, prepared to tackle whatever comes. This is bravery at its best -- looking fear right in the face, denying it and acting anyway.
Cozy with my parents and niece after a home-cooked breakfast, all of us with our electronic devices, Mom shared a quote she came across on Facebook: "Most of our problems are because we act without thinking or keep thinking without acting." (unknown).
Each of us can take some action in these uncertain times. Some will fight fire and save lives and homes. Some will innovate and create better safety measures. Most of us won't have such dramatic opportunities, but we can do something -- call a worrying friend, conserve a little more water, write a thank-you note to our nearest fire station team. The smoke is stinging all our eyes. Here's hoping we're able to keep them open anyway.