Those of us in harm’s way of Harvey, Maria and Irma have experienced troubles ranging from life threatening to inconvenience at worst. Life has its challenges and it’s our response to them that builds the character in our lives. Holding on to our values and beliefs can sometime be the only anchor that keeps us from being blown away by the winds of chaos, confusion and we’ve now witnessed one of the most horrific mass shootings in modern history recently in Las Vegas which has left us dumbfounded and very concerned for our country. Growing up, we never experienced such madness and evil yet each occurrence of these killings has us questioning where this country is headed. We all have our thoughts on how these trends are developing but my theory is that when a country turns its back on God, even prohibiting the display of the Ten Commandments in public places, where is there any definition of right and wrong? What moral compass remains to steer the ship of private and public consciences? The morass of public opinion or political sway will not suffice. The immediate outcry from certain political persuasions blaming gun toting “R________”s who voted for T___and used this opportunity for their own political gain defies belief. If we can’t come together and unite in the wake of such a tragedy to focus on the overarching problem at a time like this, when will we ever?
Personally, in addition to the chaos from Irma bearing down and was predicted to go right up the gut of the entire Florida peninsula, in the middle of boarding up our office building, I was diagnosed with a severely detached retina. Becky and I had already cancelled our 20th anniversary Danube river cruise due to Irma bearing down and thank God because with the retina condition, you cannot fly and who knows what kind of advanced medical procedure would have been available somewhere along the Danube? So, without power for a few days, having to sleep upright, not being able to do anything to help in further storm preparation or much of the clean-up was disconcerting. The corrective procedure is like something from a cruel medical experiment where they pry your eye open, numb the eye with a needle, cryofreeze the eyeball, then the doctor injects a nitrous oxide bubble that will hopefully push the retina back in place. There are also numerous laser treatments to help “tack” the retina into position. Thank God, my vision improved from not being able to count the fingers in front using my left eye 20/400 vision to 20/25 from my last check-up. Apparently, there is no known real cause but trauma or just old age. Not that I feel that old but getting really close to the big 60 has been a real eye opener!