Making it Through the Storm

It shouldn’t be so difficult to raise awareness on everyday issues. As people we struggle to realirita-ora-ice-bucket-challenge-2014-billboard-650x430ze the problems that are happening in our society. Without celebrity endorsement some of the fundraisers that we have out there wouldn’t be as successful. Things like the ALS ice bucket challenge, where everyday people do something ridiculous to raise awareness. Celebrities are participating in this event and are making it a competition to see “who has the better ice bucket challenge?” People shouldn’t have to compete or do something ridiculous to raise awareness to the problems that we have in our society. Ideally when there is an issue in our society, people should alert others of this problem and as a society we should listen to these people and help them solve the problem. In my book “Why Ruin Another Life” this dysfunctional Mississippi family suffers through three generations of rape. They sweep this tragedy under the rug, swearing to tell no one about the horrible events that took place. People need to be aware of something  traumatic like rape, because it’s an everyday problem that can be dealt with if it’s brought to attention. When a storm is raging, running and hiding is not always the smart thing to do.

Justice isn’t blind

At some point in our adult lives we all have to make crucial decisions that not only affect us but can have an enormous impact on others as well. These kind of decisions should never be made in haste but thorougly thought through. Not only you but others may have to pay a price for your wrong turn, and who wants to be one of the woulda, coulda, shouldas?

Some weeks ago there was a terrible gas explosion here in NYC where I live. Many lives were lost and injuries sustained. It later was determined that there were numerous warning signs that the powers that be chose to ignore. My heart goes out to the victims as well as the decision makers. It must be a terrible feeling to know that you could have prevented such a disastrous situation.

This is something I’m sure we all can relate to.

In my book Why Ruin Another Life, Mava has to live with enormous regret due to a situation in which she chose to look the other way. That lesson proved to be very costly.

gavelIn retrospect it is clear that we must always be very careful in our decision making, especially when it has reverberations on others. This just goes to show you not all the time is justice blind.