Two weeks of protracted earthquake are enough to know that solidarity is the spice of live

Maria Suarez Toro
Posted January 27, 2020 from Costa Rica
Ir grows back if there is an enabling environment... soliddarity

When you have to go though everyday life with permanent shaking of the land under your feet is when one realizes the vulnerability of our time in this Earth that give and take back according to its own dynamics, not ours. But is also reminds one how it is that we stay alive in times of perils. 

These past  two weekin Puerto Rico  have been, as the author Charles Dickens in "Tale of Two Cities" one said: ¨they were the best of times and the worst of times. the worse are the shakes, the best the resiliency of its people bases in solidarity. 

I have seen women open their kitchen to all the neighbors who lost there houses, not asking for anything back because she knows they list everything. ¨They can get some hope back" she said. Every time they come for food they know they can survive

I have known organic farmers in the central mountain range where nothing happened to their crops, pick them up and take them to the south where everything was lost. 

I have seen tents rise up in the back yards of peoples houses so that they do not feel that they have to sleep in public parks. 

I have seen the devastating effect of destruction of houses and seen the lifting up if the human spirit by people simply being solidarious.

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Felicitas Wung
Jan 27
Jan 27

Really solidarity is the spice of life. I think if one is not in one accord with his/ her neighbors, when you are in difficulties no one will even have your time even though you are greatly in need.
I stand for the fact that we should be United, be in solidarity with one another and we won't feel so lonely when in problem.
Thanks for that

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 27
Jan 27

Yes the feeling of loneliness and isolation is so important to break through

Felicitas Wung
Jan 28
Jan 28

Yeah.
Hope you are doing well?

Wusufor
Jan 27
Jan 27

Dear Maria,
How are you all doing? Hope you all ladies are doing very well. You try and safe safe. Honestly, I am very impressed about the people's attitude.
In these last days, it's not the time to be greedy. Sharing is caring attitude is all we need. I am glad your people are doing exact same.
You all try and stay safe. Take very good care of yourselves

Warm regards

Jan 27
Jan 27
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Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 27
Jan 27

Yes, we try hard!

Wusufor
Jan 28
Jan 28

Poor Farmers :-(

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 28
Jan 28

Thanks, we are hanging in

Hello, Maria,

This story of resilience, solidarity, and hope is so inspiring. Disasters are truly unwelcome, but they bring the best in people. Your story resonates with me so much because from October to December, our country has been hit by a series of strong earthquakes, too. Then a typhoon devastated different areas in our country, then at this moment, we are experiencing volcanic eruption. But like your story, the spirit of solidarity is stronger than ever.

Thank you for sharing this with us!

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 27
Jan 27

Where????
Stay strong and solidarious1

In the Philippines, my dear sister. Thank you for your uplifting words.

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 28
Jan 28

Ok, it is soo sad that I had to ask where because there are so many places in the world where the Planet is reminding us that we have to land to vive in respect of her!

That's true, dear sister. I agree that it is a message for all of us to love our environment more. Thank you so much! Keep up the great work!

Jill Langhus
Jan 29
Jan 29

Hello Maria,

How are you doing? Wow! That is something else. Earthquakes are so unnerving anyway, and all the natural disasters that are going on right now are really a sad, wake up call to love and protect our beautiful planet. It's lovely to hear about the love being shown by people there, though. How long are you there for, dear?

XX

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 29
Jan 29

Until the 10th of February when I go back to meet NatGeo for the first reporting

Jill Langhus
Jan 29
Jan 29

Oh, okay. I hope you are safe and everyone else is, too.

Oh, wow! Very cool. Congrats.

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 30
Jan 30

We are safe now but news today are that it is going to me shaking for some 10 more years! When the Plante shakes use we have to shake our lives so that we live life at its fullest and grow together as much as we can....

Jill Langhus
Jan 31
Jan 31

Good to hear! Oh, wow.

Two of your peers, Ana Maria and Sonia are now Vocal Contributors now, by the way, and I've let them know they can apply for Ambassadorship now.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 31
Jan 31

Thanks! Yes, very exciting!

Jill Langhus
Feb 01
Feb 01

You're welcome... I agree:-)

XX