Although this is typically a place for Real Estate tips I have been known to throw in some life tips and this is one of those times. Now, more than ever, our focus is on our cherished beach and what we can do to stem the tide of oil and moreover to counter the negative impact that the fear preceding the event is causing on our coast. There is something about our beach for residents and tourists alike, that leaves an impression of our beach in their heart and soul. The sand sticks in your toes and the feeling travels with you forming some of the best memories of your life.
We are so grateful to the mass of people who continue to flock here and support our beautiful home that you have made your home as well. It is going to take all of us to counter what man has done and to protect our shoreline in the future. When I was deciding how to bring the message of unity and grace across these pages I found a story that sums it up and hopefully will leave you with a great message.
A few years ago at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100 yard dash. When the gun sounded they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with the relish to run the race to the finish and win.
All, that is , except one boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry. the other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and paused. Then they all turned around and went back. Every one of them. One girl with Down’s syndrome bent down and kissed him and said, “This will make it better.” Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish line.
Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for 10 minutes.
It is my hope that during this oil crisis that you reach deep down and grab the hand of your neighbor and help those that are in need because of this catastrophe. There are many out there that could use your help and your hope as we all focus on all that we have. Know that the spirit of this beach can never be washed away by anything. I am grateful to live here and we are thankful for our visitors who love us too. So this week more than ever please remember, “The only people we have to get even with are those that have helped us.”
Karen K. Smith
“The only people we have to get even with are those that have helped us”