We are lucky enough to have a number of locals assisting us each day. They are kind and helpful and are doing lots of translating for us.
Even when the locals speak English it is much easier to describe their experience in their own language because they can be much more descriptive about the emotions.
Today a young woman named Hazel joined us to help out.
She was with the group my friends Sue and Emma were working with this morning. Afterwards Sue relayed this story.
I did a session with Hazel and I asked, “I know this is an odd question, but has anything good come from the storm?”
Hazel replied, “In the first few days after the storm all we thought about were our possessions. How few things we had left, how we would have to get more, and all the things that we had lost. Quickly things became much less important. Even months later things aren’t that important. I also learned that I am much stronger and much more resourceful than I ever thought. I see myself as a stronger person.”
We should never seek tragedy for the sake of lessons, but it is nice to know that there are often positives even in the midst of disaster.