As our editorial argues, we can always give thanks when we have the ability or means to help those in greater need than ourselves.

OUR VIEW: Shedding light in personal storms, large and small

As two Surrey families show us, there is no better way to push aside storm clouds than to help others

We all have problems; no one goes unscathed.

Some of our problems are big, and some are huge.

At least, that’s how they seem. That is, until you read about unbelievable tragedies such as the one we told you about a Guildford family who, within minutes, lost more than a dozen relatives in the 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the border of Iraq and Iran on Sunday, Nov. 12.

Or the story about young Harbour Reimer, the six-week-old baby who be the youngest person to be diagnosed with the extremely rare immune disease called atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). Harbour’s mom and dad Joel and Brandi Reimer have been fighting to keep their son alive since his arrival.

The Reimer family is pulling together to help its newest member, Harbour, fight an extremely rare immune disease called atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS).

By pointing out heartbreaking stories like these, we are not trying to dismiss our personal problems as meaningless. Of course they are meaningful, because they are ours – that is, “personal.”

But it is very important to keep things in perspective, right?

It is important to count your blessings. As the saying goes, sometimes your bad luck is protecting you from your worse luck. It can always turn for the worst.

One thing, for starters, is we can always give thanks when we have the ability or means to help those in greater need than ourselves.

Instead of wallowing in their own grief, though who could really begrudge them of that, the Guildford family who lost so many and so much in this earthquake has set up a gofundme.com account, Sarpol-e-Zahab Earthquake Relief, in an effort to help suffering survivors.

Raising awareness, and spreading love, as grieving family member Roupak Moradi put it. “We are just hoping we can help with the relief somehow.”

And friends and family of the Reimers are raising funds to help the family while they focus on young Harbour’s care. So far, more than $25,000 has been raised, with a goal of $30,000. Click here to donate.

Is there really any better way to set aside the storm clouds in your own life than to bring a ray of light into the life of someone else who is consumed by darkness?

We think that’s the way to go.



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