Friday, April 29, 2011

My Moon, Your Moon: Pink Moon

Another installment for the My Moon, Your Moon series is up and ready for your reading enjoyment.  With the last moon posting and this month's moon posting, it seems that the planet is a restless place.  North Carolina recently experienced one of the most devastating tornadoes that I have ever seen in my lifetime -- and it only happened a few miles from my own home.  And most recently, it seems that the same devastation was repeated in Alabama and its surrounding areas several days later.  In a matter of moments, lives were changed.  Some people are feeling blessed to be spared from the destruction; others are mourning over so much lost.  And still yet, others are unaffected and going on with daily life, with tragedy's arm only reaching so far.

I remember observing the moon on its full moon night, a couple of days after the tornado hit the Raleigh area, and noticed how still and quite the sky was.  Next to the moon, I noticed a criss-crossing of clouds, illuminated by the moon's brilliance.  Were the clouds serving as a tribute to those who recently lost their lives?  Whatever their purpose, I paused for a moment to reflect...  Sometimes there really is no rhyme or reason for how the events in our lives unfold; however, how we respond in those moments of great happiness or sadness can define us.  I only hope that when faced with such circumstances, ambivalence is not an acceptable option.

If you'd like to learn how you can help those who have been tragically affected by the recent tornado in North Carolina, please visit the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund website.  You can also visit the American Red Cross website to help with all disaster relief efforts.

Moon #4
"No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow."
- Euripides

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