Goliath, Good Deeds, and Greed

30 December 2015
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”  - Henry James
Winter storm Goliath brought on a first for me, a blizzard in Texas. Never have I experienced anything like the snowfall we received here in Lubbock or the aftermath of the storm.

The city and county declared a state of disaster days ago, leaving us all waiting for help and the city to slowly return to normal. During this time, the community has came together to help each other. Local groups worked to get nurses, first responders, and essential personnel to work on treacherous streets. Strangers helped free stuck vehicles, doing so not for profit, but out of the goodness of their hearts. It's been quite heart warming.

As always, bad seems to accompany the bad. In the aftermath of Goliath, there are those looking to make a quick buck off of the misfortune of others. I've read of exorbitant fees for snow plow rental, drive shoveling, and tow fees. Then there was this story on the local news that left my blood boiling.
Stories like this and others of people taking advantage of something like severe weather make me even more thankful to the kind, compassionate strangers int he world. It really isn't hard to be a kind person. To all those who have joined together as a community to help out, I offer a sincere thank you. People like you make our community great!

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