Life. A single word came mean so much. L'Chaim means "To Life" in Hebrew and is a common toast when friends and family gather for a drink. To Life. In the darkest moments of one's life, when all seems lost, how do you look forward? How do you find the courage to look forward to the next day, the next week, or the next month. How do you find courage to look forward to your next meal?
Eight days ago, Haiti was rocked by an earthquake that flattened much of the nation. Aftershock followed by aftershock, continue to rock the country throughout the ongoing rescue efforts. Even before the earthquake that shattered some already very torn lives, hunger and poverty was a problem in one of this hemispheres poorest nations. Now, there is chaos; there is death; there is uncertainty. But, there is also HOPE!
While reading my friend Rachael's blog today, Tokyo Terrace, I learned that a dear friend of hers "perished" in a building that collapsed during the earthquake. Looking at images coming across the wire give me the chills, and reading stories like Rachael's called me to action. In Rachel's post she mentioned a movement led by Marc from No Recipes called Blog Away Hunger. Marc is now asking bloggers to donate their January ad revenue to Haiti relief organizations as part of his effort. In response, I have agreed to donate my January and February ad revenue to a Haiti relief organization. I have not yet decided which organization to donate to, so if you would like me to consider a charity close to you, please leave a comment.
All the best in these times of grief and despair. There is hope, and it starts with support from around the world.