What a start to a year

23 01 2010

I went back to work on Monday 4th January and within 2 days it was snowing! The Wednesday was a snow day, but as my housemates have the capability to work from home, I was just sat watching DVDs and stuff most of the day, and the next day we went back to work… although we got there late and left early – arrived late due to snow, left early due to getting home safely! This gave me a couple of weeks off my bike, which was nice, although it meant getting up a lot earlier to get a lift!

The blog takes a more serious note from here:

On Wednesday 13th there was a bit more snow, so as we all got to work a little late and all bothered and whinging, word had been breaking of a devastating earthquake in the Central American country of Haiti – the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

For those of you who don’t know, I work for a Christian child sponsorship charity called Compassion UK. This means that the last week and a half at work have been a)emotionally draining b)busy and hectic! [You can donate to our Haiti appeal here if you are a sponsor, or here if you are not! Equally, if you’d prefer to donate to somewhere more general there’s always the DEC].

The last 2 weeks I’ve been taking it pretty hard, reading every news article I can lay my hands on, and I think *I’ve* got it bad? These peoples lives have been RUINED… current stats are something like 200,000 estimated dead. 1.5million homeless. Horrifying things to even try to comprehend, and each day at work there’s been news or absence of news on our projects out there. Just to give you an idea of what we’ve got, there’s all the up to date info internationally here or from the UK site here.

Then I take a step back.
I’m complaining that my week has been hard, emotional, draining… these people have lost everything, not that they had barely anything to start with. I feel awful for moping, then I feel awful for feeling awful, then I feel awful for feeling awful for feeling awful, it’s a vicious circle!

The best I can do right now is pray and donate. It’s all any of us can do now… and I’d encourage you to do what you can in that.

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