In trying to come to grips with what’s befallen the Eastern Caribbean islands many of us have come to know and love, I’ve found comfort in the phrase “this too shall pass.”
My mother used it a lot, when anything went wrong. It’s actually quite old—medieval, in fact, according to Wikipedia. But it’s been used countless times since then, in many different ways. Abe Lincoln once said about the phrase, “How consoling in the depths of affliction!”
Hurricane Irma did, indeed, send parts of the Caribbean into the depths of affliction. But ever the optimist, Abe knew that human determination, compassion, energy and optimism make us what we are and will get us through all kinds of tough times.
The storm may have left in its wake damage and destruction. But, this too shall pass. The islands will rebuild. Their people will recover their spirits. We’ll once again bask in their blue waters. Better days are ahead.
The cruise lines are showing their compassion by providing supplies and funds to help in the recovery. If you want to play a part, Royal Caribbean will match your donation, making your dollar go that much further. And the rebuilding that much faster. Find details on donating on their website.