Today, its been two years since hurricane Katrina unleashed its power on New Orleans and other coastal cities. To quote from USATODAY:
Katrina was a 396-year storm, meaning that statistically, another storm of its magnitude would not hit for nearly 400 years…. The flooding that began after Katrina hit on Aug. 29, 2005, delivered an estimated $150 billion worth of damage to the Gulf Coast region, making it the worst disaster in U.S. history.
I just got done watching “Storm That Drowned a City” on Pbs.org. It was heart-breaking, gut-wrenching and goose-bumping (if such a word exists) depiction of physical and psychological state of people just before, during and after the hurricane. One of the scientist on the show said, “One hurricane of that magnitude has a force and destruction capability of 10 atomic bombs.” He also said that due to global warming, the temperature of the ocean where most of the hurricanes – that head towards US – are born, has increased by half a degree over past couple of decades. This half degree rise means additional 10 hurricanes every year. That amounts to additional 100 atomic bombs every year that head towards US and Mexico.
Before going to bed, as i was brushing my teeth with tap water running at full blast, my mind asked “What can i contribute towards making our earth ‘greener’? Can i even think of making the tiniest dent towards conserving energy and contribute towards mitigating Global Warming?” And boom! I closed the tap. That was a humble start. I have also decided that in next 2 weeks, i am gonna move from paper statements/bills to online bills. What else can i do? Turn off my fan and light when i leave the room. And as my mind wraps itself more around conserving energy, it will see more things to do that will help me make that “tiny dent”.
But there is something that stands against me – something so strong that i will have to fight hard and often, to come out as a winner. It will be an ongoing battle against “My Habits“. But the more i make those “tiny dents”, the more those “acts” become part of who i am. I look forward to welcome this new change, to become part of me.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.