Houston’s Human Spirit Humbles Me

Houston’s Human Spirit Humbles Me

Houston’s Human Spirit Humbles Me

In this week’s Success Newsletter, I would like to discuss the humbling power of Houston’s response to the catastrophe of Hurricane Harvey.

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Now, let’s talk about the humbling power of Houston’s response to the catastrophe of Hurricane Harvey.

With a population of 6.6 million people, the Houston metro area has experienced one of the worst flooding disasters in U.S. history. The rainfall, of up to 51 inches, has led to catastrophic flooding: twenty-four and half trillion gallons of water fell on Texas and Louisiana.

In the past few weeks I have been writing a lot, and giving many interviews about the psychology of hate.

Of course, most of this has been the result of the Charlottesville rally and the counter protests, which, in turn, collectively brought to light and possibly even generated additional hate.

So it seems that for the past few months our focus has been on the divisions, the polarizations, the separations, and the disconnections between the people within America, between the people of America.

However, something extraordinary has happened as a result of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Houston, Texas.

The all-pervasive hate which seemed to be the focus of everyone has been displaced and it now has been replaced by the focus on the love, the courage, the strength, the cooperation, the caring, the kindness, the goodwill, and the compassion of the people of Houston.

Perhaps, for the first time in so many years, possibly since September 11th 2001, we’re now seeing again the power of the human spirit.

It is so easy for us to focus on the negative, to focus on the hate, and I even I have been doing that. And yet now, just looking briefly at some of the videos, the photos, and reading the stories of so many people, countless people, who forgot about political affiliations, race, skin color, culture, creed or financial status, and instead, suddenly thought only about one thing – their fellow human being.

It is at times like this that I am moved deeply by the potential of humans to commit good. I have said many times before, as demonstrated by my colleague Dr. Philip Zimbardo, that within each of us, we have the capacity to commit good and evil.  And here we are now showing our capacity for extraordinary acts of good, of kindness, love, and even self-sacrifice.

It is in these times of common suffering, of common vulnerability, where all the things that formally separated us suddenly disappear and we all become one because we think only of what we all have in common – that we are all human beings, that we are all connected – we all experience the same emotions, the vast range of human emotions, and we are all subject to the fragility and the frailty of life.

And in these moments we understand the preciousness of life itself.

And so even if it be temporary, we throw away the shackles of money, possessions, of power and status, of title and position, and we focus on connecting with our fellow human beings – of caring, holding, caressing, rescuing, and lifting up our brothers and sisters.

I have seen the people who without request, without a push or a call to action, have simply taken it upon themselves to look for a way to rescue their neighbors. Perhaps to climb in a boat or walk through the flooded waters of Houston in search of other people who need rescuing; perhaps to rescue helpless animals – dogs and even horses.

Perhaps I might be rambling, and yet I choose to make it known that I’m humbled by the extraordinary acts of self-sacrifice, courage, compassion and love that the people of Houston have shown and continue to show to each other.

Once again, I’m reminded that we truly feel alive when we are helping, giving, and sharing of ourselves in order to help another human being.

From my heart I thank the people of Houston for reminding me of what’s truly important; for reminding me of the extraordinary power of the human spirit to express love above everything else.

Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
D. H. Lawrence

If destiny comes to help you,
Love will come to meet you.
A life without love isn’t a life

More precious than life is love, for there can be no life without love.
Sun Myung Moon

Love in its essence is spiritual fire.
Emanuel Swedenborg

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
Oscar Wilde

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I wish you the best and remind you “Believe in yourself -You deserve the best!”

Patrick Wanis Ph.D.
Celebrity Life Coach, Human Behavior & Relationship Expert & SRTT Therapist

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