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How the hell did I get so lucky?

Picture courtesy:  British Red Cross


I woke up this morning.
Got out of bed.
Put on the cosy slippers my in-laws gave me for Christmas and went to my lovely seven year old son's room to wake him in time for school.
My fabulous wife came in with our beautiful six month old baby and we all went downstairs for breakfast.
Quite a normal scene repeated in millions of homes across the world.
But what if we were living in Haiti, hit by a devastating earthquake?  

How would our world look this morning? 

Incomprehensible suffering.
How would we feel to lose the people we love most? 

Would we lose all hope?
I don't know.  I have no clue.  The situation looks hopeless.  I can't bear thinking about being in those circumstances.
But here I am. 
My wife and children are safe.  We have our home.  We have clean water and plenty to eat.  And should we need it, we'll get medical attention.
All our needs are met.
I feel lucky.  Very lucky. 

And as far as anyone can tell, it's largely because of the random act of being born in one of the world's richest and most stable countries.

Like millions of people around our planet, I feel I want to do something to help the people of Haiti.

I know my capacity to make a difference and ease their pain is negligible.

Picture courtesy:  XOZ
Our collective global caring is making a difference in ways we may never know.
There are lots of places we can give money but here's the British Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Appeal site.
Just looking at all I have.  I ask myself again "how the hell did I get so lucky?". 

I don't know.

But I'm grateful.



Thanks for reading.  Much love, Ian.

Your comments:

Gina Stark says:
18/01/2010 06:03:58

Hey Ian, Thank you for this...I tried, lamely, to convey similar sentiments in 140 characters the other night...knowing I had a nice bed to sleep in and a solid roof over my head. Interestingly, that same night we experienced a mild earthquake in California. (I know, what else is new!) But, our homes are solid...and can withstand so much....I am hoping the collective spirit of the Haitians can withstand this devastation. Bless


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  • Ian AspinLocation: Lancaster Lake District, UK
  • Bio: I’m passionate about my work:TV journalist, producer, presenter, business ideas person. I care about: family, friends, helping people, finding meaning, running