Lessons from Irene

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The freedoms we enjoy are on full display during this type of crisis. There is no more rewarding feeling then giving of oneself for nothing more than a smile and a thank you. But those opportunities don’t go away when we aren’t challenged in the way Irene challenged us. They are on display every day throughout the region, state and country whenever someone lends another a helping hand. So many good causes to help each other at times we take them for granted.

It’s exactly this type of spirit we need to be reminded of when we address the many other problems facing our country. Let’s not worry about who gets credit for what, let’s all just roll up our sleeves and work together to solve the problem. There will be time later on to argue about the finer points.

With the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 coming up this weekend, we are reminded of what acts of unselfish commitment to help a stranger are all about. So as the many around us who go about putting their lives, homes and communities back together let us all keep in mind the strong sense of unity we all felt after 9-11 and sense of accomplishment and satisfaction we feel when helping those struggling to recover from this recent devastation.

Just imagine what we could accomplish as a nation if we could act in this manner without the need to respond a catastrophic event and what a difference it would make in so many lives.

We will always be faced with tough challenges, but working together there is little we can’t accomplish when we pull our resources and act unselfishly for the good of all.

Dan Alexander is publisher and owner of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@denpubs.com.

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