Very Saddened – Twice

Along with the rest of the world,  I was very much affected by the death of the 21-year old Olympian, Nodar Kumaritashvili.  All of that bravado,  determination, and joy of competing against the best athletes in the world – snuffed out in less than 2-seconds on a too-slick, practice luge run.  How little these words must mean to the man’s family tonight – but they are offered respectfully.

And then a “lesser” news story crossed my screen and my mind: the Haitian government stated that the death toll of last month’s earthquake now exceeded 200,000.  Two hundred thousand deaths.  200,000 people who did not suit up, compete in an activity they loved, and whose deaths are easily forgotten.

What does it all mean?

Hey folks, I just write the words – you decide for yourself what it means – or not.

3 Responses to “Very Saddened – Twice”

  1. Bill says:

    The Haitian earthquake makes one kind of wonder what the God of love is up to. People tell me it’s a mystery. Well, I can’t argue with that; it’s certainly a mystery to me.

    People always identify and sympathize with a specific human being more than with large groups. Totally irrational, but then, that describes the human race pretty well.

    As I type this, there is a party going on at the skating rink next door , and they just played “Macarena” and “Let’s Twist Again” back to back. Somebody, shoot me. Or tie me to a luge.

  2. Joe Bele-Isle says:

    Billy Graham put it real well in a sermon he made about 25 years ago. This is the Information age. We are bombarded by information we would never have even heard about 100 yr’s ago. It’s the same world, we just know too much about it.
    Happiness is up to the individual. Your dead as soon as your born. And America is taking anti-depressants like candy but the Dr’s that were bribed to push false results on anti-depressants causing depression on people that weren’t depressed if they stopped taking them in the drug trials—-doesn’t change the fact that all the bad stuff you hear about has already happenned here and will happen again. Because we have been lucky is the only reason we can afford to care.

  3. Brenda says:

    Bill & Joe – two very insightful comments. Bill is right when he says there are just some things we will never understand and it is best not to try. I said something very similar to my husband recently. Joe, I agree with the statement “Because we have been lucky is the only reason we can afford to care.” This is so absolutely true. At the same time, I feel so overwhelmed with my own life sometimes, that if I take the time to care too much, I will never make it through in one piece…………I feel terribly guilty for it.

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