“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling separated from the rest, a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
As we pick up after tragedies and start to rebuild our shattered lives, we are being given a chance to do it differently for the next go-around. Storms cleanse, refresh, renew. This is a moment of reflection, and opportunity.