We are finally moving into “normal” mode after a crazy week. While the City of Houston has a long way to go, operations here at iGo Figure are getting back to normal for the most part thanks to infrastructure and protocols implemented long ago to handle events like this and ensure uninterrupted service for our clients. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. Despite anywhere from 2 to 4+ FEET of rain, all GF team members managed to avoid flood damage. Virtually all iGo Team members have helped neighbors recover, volunteered at local shelters or taken in friends who were less fortunate.
For those of you that have not experienced a Texas style disaster, it can be difficult to understand the range of emotions one goes through during these true times of duress. Hurricanes here are a part of life. They are scary. They are stressful. Most Texans don’t whine about them or wait for someone to take care of us. We prepare, shoulder to shoulder with friends, family, neighbors and strangers. When the storm moves in, some will leave, some will stay. The ones that stay hunker down. We ride it out with our family, faith and hopes for a favorable outcome. When the storm clears, we assess the situation and huddle with one another to create a plan. We go to work. We stabilize and fortify our shelter and seek to offer assistance to those who were less fortunate with their outcome. We become a true community with a common objective. We become one. It is in this situation that you see displays of humanity and basic human kindness that is so uncommon, impressive and intense that words cannot adequately describe.
I have had the true fortune and misfortune of experiencing this several times over my life. It never ceases to amaze me how many acts of heroism and self-sacrifice that are displayed during these events. For every news story about one, there are literally thousands more. It transcends. It cuts through the chaff and lays bare the essence of us all. It restores hope for humanity.
The picture below of a friend of friend (re-posted with permission) is one of many that capture that hope. An innocent’s outstretched hand reaching for help. Several other hands of friends, neighbors and strangers answering the call. Mom’s reassuring kiss that everything will be ok.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to the first responders, EMS, law enforcement personnel, friends, family and the regular folks that eagerly make this difficult time more livable, tolerable and sane. It makes us very proud to be a Texans. Much work and hardship remains in the wake of Harvey but we made it!