The devastating storm last week brought back memories for a lot of people. Hurricane Katrina is the one I hear most often, but there are plenty more.
For me, it reminds me of one of my most difficult moments in my tenure at Keynote: 9/11.
I had almost finished writing something about the aftermath of that event, what was similar, what was different. Then, as though someone with much better judgement than me had smacked me over the head, I realized the monumental arrogance of what I'd just written.
So I am starting again.
I live in Northern California. We have our share of dangers here. My parents, in New York State, used to call me every time they heard the least report of a tremor out here, wondering if I'd been buried in an earthquake. And of course that has happened, and not too terribly long ago, so I guess I can understand their concern.
But these past few devastating tragedies seem to have missed us. This past week's storm, the fires in the midwest this summer, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11. Those are just the first that come to mind; I'm not going to name them all, for fear of missing something important.
For that incredible luck, I am simply grateful. We have been lucky, when others were so very, very unlucky.
To those of you were not lucky this week, I can't even begin to understand what you are going through, and I'm not going to presume to try. I'm just so sorry to hear it happened to you.
I hear some of my bureau colleagues were in dire straits this week. You have my sympathy, and my hopes that you recover quickly. Best of luck, to your staff and your businesses.