Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

What Hurricane Sandy reinforced for me:

  • Be happy with the little things.
  • Don’t take anything for granted.
  • Family and friends first
  • Anything is possible when good people come together, with focus and a sense of purpose.
  • Nothing exposes one’s true colors like a crisis.
  • People appreciate honesty, above all, in their leaders.
  • Public service should be about serving the public, not politics.
  • Life goes on without Twitter.
  • Once in a while everyone should go on a self-imposed holiday from computers, mobile devices and TV, including our children.
  • When you read something that affects you, or think it might affect you, take a moment and let it sink in.   Particularly since we live in a bullet-point world and most of us have the attention spans of goldfish.
  • Henry David Thoreau had it right:  “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.”

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