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MAIL OPINION  By Shana Kongmun


November is the month of counting your blessings

After watching the coverage of the devastation from the latest typhoon to hit the Philippines, apparently the most storm hit nation in the world, I came to consider the rather small concerns that fill up most of our lives are really quite petty and that we probably should not be letting them rule our lives the way that we do.
For me, it’s the endless traffic light at the Rincome intersection. Perhaps because I must sit through it on a regular basis that light really sends me round the bend on a regular basis. Just the other day I was fuming because it took me three changes of light to get through and the traffic was not heavy. A policeman with a quick trigger finger on the light switch saw the light last for no more than 30 seconds at a time. Given the slow speed with which most motorists start out with (having fallen asleep or facebooking or texting while waiting for the endless light to change) it resulted in very few cars getting through.
This infuriated me at the time, but later, I went home turned on my television and saw that an entire town had been nearly wiped out by waves and wind. A storm surge of 3 5 meters is a terrifying thing. I was in a typhoon myself, albeit not in the center but it was terrifying nonetheless. There is a helplessness we all have when faced with the powerful force of nature and the realization that there is nothing we can do about it. People lost their lives, their loved ones, their homes, and everything they own including their livelihood and yet here I sit furious over a ridiculous red light.
After reading that they think as many as ten thousand people could have lost their lives in one city alone, I realized, I have it pretty darn good. I live in a lovely town with very little real severe weather. Oh sure it rains, and even floods every once in a while but compared to a real storm, it is really quite mild. We have the occasional earthquake but we are not on a serious fault line and compared to Japan or Taiwan, the earthquakes we have are extremely minor. So today, in the month of counting your blessings, I count mine that I live in a pleasant town with good weather and lovely people.

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November is the month of counting your blessings