Originally posted on Facebook - September 1, 2020 - 6:51 a.m.
Waking up this morning with cell data, a fried egg & cup of coffee from my camp stove, and some needed quiet time (the new “quiet” includes the ongoing rumble of a small gas generator). Since last Wednesday I’ve felt like a thing. This morning, I’m starting to feel my identity again. I feel like a person.
To all my dear Facebook friends that are far away from Louisiana, it’s important to know that all the southwest Louisiana gulf coast cities were devastated by Hurricane Laura. It was a footnote in the national news cycle last Thursday & Friday when Hurricane Laura made landfall. There are always plenty of problems to go around, but this morning I’m making an appeal for my small tribe, my work, and this community I call home.
READ "THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE LAURA" IN THE ATLANTIC >> READ HERE
Photos are credited in The Atlantic article "The Aftermath of Hurricane Laura"
People in Southwest Louisiana need real help in every direction and on every layer you can think of. Homes destroyed or made unlivable on a scale I could only dream of. Basic resources and critical infrastructure shutdown with only loose estimates on when some services (water, power, medical, financial) will be available. Any semblance of an economic infrastructure that creates fertile ground for small and diverse businesses to survive and thrive is nowhere to be found. Businesses geared toward basic resources are all that anyone is really thinking about right now; food, water, fuel, ice, tarps, repeat.
I am blessed. I am grateful. My house stands. The two trees I have are small and still standing. Still, I am one of those people that needs some help. Like so many, finances have ground to a full stop. Whatever finances remained will be used to survive. The trick is to survive long enough to stabilize, then with hard work and hope, turn this mud into a lotus. How long will this take? Months? Definitely. Years? Probably.
I would rather be helping than asking for help, but if you are a Facebook contact outside of the Southwest Louisiana disaster zone, I am going to bow my head this morning, hold out my begging bowl, and accept whatever you place in it.
To my friends outside the affected area, Find the Good News listeners, past guests, or anyone that finds this post, you can help me by signing up to be a Find the Good News Patreon supporter through the rest of 2020. If I can get enough support I can get the show back up and running, stabilize my family, and use the Good News signal for what it was always intended for... a source for desperately needed good news, hope, and happiness.
Asking for personal help is hard for me. My natural inclination is to use my skills, blessings, and gifts to be the helper (I think perhaps most want that). Holding my hand out is hard.
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Many storm chasers filmed Hurricane Laura's epic and devastating landfall in Sulphur, Louisiana.
If you want to help a variety of people in our region in a more broad scope way, visit Cajun Navy. They are on the ground working and serving. >> LEARN ABOUT THE CAJUN NAVY
In my city, Sulphur, Louisiana, I would ask that you support Care-Help of Sulphur, Inc. They have worked tirelessly everyday since this terrible hurricane ripped through our community. >> SUPPORT CARE-HELP OF SULPHUR
Care-Help of Sulphur, Inc. volunteers offering help to Sulphur, Louisiana residents after Hurricane Laura's landfall.
If you just want to listen to some good news, you can always listen to Find the Good News any time. There, you’ll meet good people right here in this region that has been hit so very hard, as well as wonderful human beings doing good works all over our country. Listen to their stories and you’ll see why it’s so important to get the message out about the destruction caused by Hurricane Laura.
There are enough images of the aftermath to go around. No lives or property have been left untouched. I’ll close with this, and a few photos of things that were salvaged from my own belongings. It is quite an eclectic bunch that survived and I think they are quite indicative of the challenges we are facing (especially the inflatable 🌈 💩 ).
A few special personal items I was able to salvage around my home after the storm, as well as my temporary clothesline.
There are living saints working in our area right now; bless you all. May you be filled with strength and covered with Grace.
To those overwhelmed, have hope. Change is the law and nature is often the merchant. It brings blessings and curses. It forms the lotus and brings the storm. This hardship will not last.
Do what you can with what you have. Even the smallest bit of selfless work is a bounty to someone else. Be an ear. Offer consolation. All gifts are gifts.
You are not alone. Suffering is always manifold, often particular, and nuanced to each persons situation. Remember this, and the ego’s tide recedes long enough to see the other as a brother.
I thank you for spending this time with me as I collect my thoughts this morning.
I love you all... now, it’s time to get back to work.
🌈 De Colores all the way across the sky!
-🌻 🌹 Brother Oran
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“When I no longer see an other, I can truly be a brother.” -OEP