Humans are imperfect beings.

If you doubt this is true, all you have to do is watch America’s Most Wanted, Investigation Discovery or any reality show of your choice to come face to face with some of man’s many imperfections. On the other hand, you could choose to look at what makes you different in a more optimistic way. Instead of looking at what is missing, you could examine what you and only you can bring to the table. You can also seek to better understand your uniqueness by watching uplifting shows, such as Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and LifeClass. Both shows offer life tools and teaches life skills to help others share their unique talents, achieve their goals and make a difference in the lives of others.

Humans may be imperfect, but imperfection has its perks. Perks that shine brightly when crisis hits home. There are moments in time when the only thing that truly matters is how you show up for your fellow man. Moments when your willingness to do what needs to be done to save lives speaks volumes about who you really are. Titles no longer matter. Politics put on hold. Differences vanish. Superstorm Sandy represents one of these moments.

Everywhere Sandy went she left a trail of destruction and devastation clear for all to see but what shines brightest are the good deeds and heroic efforts of those who answered their neighbor’s call for help. In times like these, whatever the heroic have to spare is perfectly fine.

Rise Above

When natural disasters hit hard, the public looks to our community leaders and elected officials to show us the path to recovery. Centered, precise and steady leadership will help families and communities focus on what matters and help them get started on moving forward. Leaders must be bigger than the crisis in front of them. In the end, it is up to each person to decide if they will make the recovery process easier or more painful for those directly harmed by natural disasters.

Superstorm Sandy may have shaken families and communities on the east coast to their core but she can’t place resilience on pause.

Not in the NY I know.

Not in the NJ I love.

Perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

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