Things Can Change In An Instant

Source: Mackenzie County Facebook Page

Let’s face it. We’ve seen better days than yesterday. The Chuckegg Creek fire grew, as did the Jackpot Creek fire. Three separate communities received an evacuation order. Two of which had to evacuate late into the evening.

This is scary. You are leaving your home, what you’ve known for possibly your whole life. You’re worried about what’s going to happen. You’re losing your mind over the “what if’s”. It’s not easy.

I challenge you, the non-evacuee. This is as good a time as any to cultivate understanding, compassion and empathy. There will be evacuees passing through all over the region. They are worried, they are away from home and they can use all the support possible.

This is not a matter of weakness. It’s empathy. Putting yourself in their shoes. It doesn’t have to be spectacular. A simple smile, a “hey, how’s it going?” Any of these speak massive volumes. Above all else, listen. Everyone has a voice that needs to be heard. Especially in times like this.

I wish you strength, I wish you love, I wish you community. We will get through this.

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