VIEW THE WORLD THROUGH HAITI’S EYES >>>>> (Text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross. Text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. )

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As I wait, watch, pray, and meditate on Haiti, these feelings that overcome me are those that I know are shared by others. My heart trembles, a sick feeling greets me as I hesitate to click the right arrow button on a scrolling photo viewer on a news page. The questions fly by me as quickly as the passing time, but one question seems to stand out in all the mass hysteria. Why do we look? Why do we look? Three thoughts come to mind; compassion, need for action and education.

With each photo of the tragic earthquake in Haiti this week, a sense that somehow we are all connected drives my feelings. As I breathe air, you breathe air, no matter where we are on the face of the earth. When I cry, tears are released, just like yours. Somewhere else on the planet, people are using those internal cameras (the eyes) to capture a glimpse of life or to record a memory of what is happening around them.

We are driven together by our common thirst for peace, togetherness, love. So when a tragedy like the Haitian Earthquake happens our natural maturity as compassionate people is to feel. We are allowed that. Feeling compassion gives us a chance to do something positive about those feelings. Compassion is the precursor to action.

Now we are positively poised to do something, to take action. History check; when 9/11 happened in 2001 people felt pain and then rolled up their sleeves to do something. When the Tsunami hit Indonesia in 2004, we felt horror in our hearts and started giving. As Hurricane Katrina warnings went out in 2005, people cried out in “disbelief and shock” then started planning relief efforts at a failed government response. Haiti needs us now and there is so much that we can do like text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation or text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Photo Courtesy of the BBC
BBC Photo

The American Red Cross has given us a quick way to help by texting “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation. Wyclef Jean, Haitian born music artist is asking us to text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. People all over are feeling the need, answering the call, reacting and taking action to save lives. That’s just it, we have a thirst to save lives. All of these overwhelming feelings that cause us to take action are born out of our innate desire to live and let live. We will move mountains to save the life of a loved one and really, as quiet as it’s kept, our love for humanity and other life-loving people compels us to stop and help.

Most of all, these events serve as a historical reminder that water, air and space connects us all throughout the universe. This moment in education ultimately brings us closer toward that common cause of Peace. Imagine a world where everyone sought peace. During a tragedy it is not difficult to see that world peace is possible when you look at people mobilized to help from all across the globe. As cameras, blogs, websites and more capture these moments, history will have another chance to teach our children the lessons that prejudices, hate, racism and evil cannot. When that little child is old enough to think on their own, away from an adult who is harming them by teaching division, it is education on“History” and “Herstory” that will describe a world where giving, love and unity helped Haiti earthquake victims and so many others before them. It is education that will call them to join the cause for peace. This child will learn about a choice that we are all granted as human beings, the choice to love or not to love.

Why do we look? Our likeness compels us to know if that other person is going to be okay. Text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation

Why do we look? When one person is pulled from the rubble, our hearts cry out “Thank You God” for the life that is spared. Text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation

Why do we look? We hope that if we found ourselves in the same situation, that others will look and not turn the other way when we need them. Text “Yele” to 501501

Why do we look? We look because we are human and to not look denies us the opportunity to express our God-given rights to feel, to cry, to need, to help.

As peaceful loving people we look, because we love. Love God, Love Self, Love Others, Love Always, Love.

The world through Haiti’s eyes must be extremely painful; I urge you to look, feel, take action and then be educated by our humanity and thirst for life as a human race. Give to Haiti Now. Your heart will be better for it.

Peace. God Bless Haiti and God Bless you.

Text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation.

Text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.