World Humanitarian Day, August 19, 2012 - What Mark Will You Leave?
Today marks World Humanitarian Day. It is time to pause and reflect upon not only the year that has passed, but the year that is coming. There have been many devastating things that have occurred over the last year, but for me I have to also stop and think about the many wonderful positive human moments that have also occurred.
I think about the many heroes that through the everyday activities of their careers have stopped and saved many lives. I think about countless people who have stopped what they were doing, and sometimes, risked their own well-being to help another human-being in their time of need. Many of those people helped are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters. And maybe, just maybe, one of those people in need was your loved-one. Without those courageous and selfless people, who stopped and helped, we would be impacted so much more.
All of these people, both those needing help and those extending help are human-beings. Regardless of age, colour, income, race, religion, geographic location and/or sexual orientation, they are human-beings.
For a recap on some of the most visual experiences of humanitarian relief, watch Beyoncé's video with her new song I Was Here.
Now that we have thought about the past year, what about the next year? What mark will you leave behind?