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Gratitude, Giving, and Growing: The Lasting Lessons of Tsunami


The horrific Tsunami of 2004 shifted parts of the earth, wiped out islands, and forever reshaped coastlines. The tidal wave destroyed lives and wiped out entire communities. Buildings disappeared and wealth vanished. Children were orphaned, women widowed, and twins separated. In the blink of an eye, a life-feeding ocean became a weapon of mass destruction, with no targeted enemy and no compelling reason or strategy for total destruction. The enemy was quite simply anything and everything that came in the way of the unstoppable wave. Death came unexpectedly and took what it wanted, shamelessly, heartlessly, and relentlessly. It was a game of Russian roulette and so many lost their lives simply because, and only because, they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was as simple as that and as cruel as that.

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