Monday, April 27, 2015

April 28, 2014 - Tragedy is a Tool for the Living to Gain Wisdom

Several folks have asked us here at WWN if we are planning anything special on the website for the 1st anniversary of the April 28th tornado.

We considered some type of slideshow/video/pictorial or personal stories about the storm and its aftermath. We chose not to do that.

Others will. The town has actually been buzzing with outside media in the past week- preparing interviews and storylines of the one year anniversary. I’m sure you have already seen a few. This may be a good thing. It may be part of the healing process for all of us.

For us at WinstonWeb, it’s too soon for that type of recognition of this anniversary. We, like many, are fortunate and blessed to be back in our homes. Yet many are not. Those who have experienced this know that there is much to do beyond rebuilding a structure before lives can return to a “new normal”.

I have seen people at their best and people at their worst over the last 12 months and I have to say that the best far surpasses the worst.  In the immediate weeks and months following the storm, I saw people who may have had little to do with each other prior to the storm, develop a sense of comradery- a sense of commonality that didn’t exist before. Sadly I’ve seen much of that commonality fade as people struggle with everyday life and the hard process of rebuilding. I’m just as guilty.

This community is planning a memorial service on Tuesday to honor those whose lives were lost on that tragic day and to give thanks. In spite of our losses and the difficulties this event brought into almost all of our lives over the past year, it is a time to be thankful - thankful that maybe we were given an opportunity to recognize the many things that we take for granted, thankful for our family and friends, thankful for our leadership through this time and thankful for our sense of community that has helped us work together to accomplish all that has been done in the past year.

On Tuesday, WinstonWeb will cover the events of the day and recognize the passing of a milestone. But let’s all recognize that lives changed forever don’t return to “normal” based upon a date on the calendar. Let us give thanks and look forward to the time when our children don’t cringe at the sound of thunder or the low howl of the wind; a time when all our neighbors are settled into their homes, the scars and the debris piles have faded and our minds are occupied by humdrum everyday thoughts of work, family and ballgames and that April 28, 2014 will be a receded memory not of tragedy but of strength and faith.
W. McCully

"You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks."
Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.” Robert Kennedy