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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Editors Note: Apologies for my Absence

I owe Social Angst readers an apology for my sudden absence this week. It was not my intention to leave you high and dry during a week of such importance. Yet, I find that in some instances, my own humanity can wreak havoc on my desire to produce content. Last week, news of Haiti’s earthquake and its subsequent devastation hit me in a way that I can only describe as an emotional paralysis. Every time I sat in front of the computer to type a blog, I was confronted by feelings of triviality. As thousands of bodies lay lifeless in the streets of Haiti and countless more surviving victims faced uncertainty, homelessness, disease, and hopelessness, I found myself underwhelmed to report on senate race implications and entertainment award winners. All except Haiti seemed unimportant and reporting on Haiti left me sadly uninspired, so I stayed away from the keyboard for a few days. I offer my sincerest apologies for that.

My days of disconnection have been refreshing. My time away allowed me to honor those things most important in my life - mind, body, spirit, love and loved ones. I took some time to honor Haiti by truly being grateful for all that is good in my life. I reconnected with some family and friends, hit the gym, attended a benefit for Haiti and meditated on how lucky I am for my situations. And now, with my heart less heavy and my mind more clear, I can return you to your regularly scheduled Social Angst experience.

I am not Haitian, but I realize that Haiti is all of us. The earthquake in Haiti, like Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, is a true testament to how ephemeral our current situations are and how little control we have over the longevity of our good fortune. I hope that the Social Angst family continues to give whatever aid we can to the victims still suffering in Haiti (donation options will be back-posted shortly). I also hope that it inspires you to be thankful for all the small miracles in your life.

Tell those you love you love them and always remember to be grateful for all you have… in loving tribute to those severely less fortunate than ourselves.

Peace and blessings…

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