TV "psychologist" Dr Phil McGraw has been quoted as saying that every person has five life-changing experiences that shape who they are. I don't know much about Dr. Phil's true credentials as a psychologist, but this seems to hold true for most people I've met.
One year ago yesterday, Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Southern Gulf Coast of this country. Shortly thereafter, four of us loaded up a car and went to help rescued animals just outside of New Orleans. This event completely changed my life, and my perspective on life. Seeing the devastating. Seeing the people crammed in hotels and campgrounds. Seeing abandoned animals. Seeing people every day go up and down the aisles of the kennel searching for their lost dogs. Seeing the tears when they couldn't find them. Seeing the joy for the lucky few that did (from mammals with both 2 and 4 legs).
The following link is a trip diary that three of us from the trip put together about this experience. It changed my life. Maybe reading it a little will help change yours.
I'm out for a long weekend but will be back on Monday. I hope you enjoy.