This XIZOZU™ was custom-designed for those who experienced loss and trauma at the raging will of mother nature in Texas last week. It’s for the Houston mother who kept softly singing as she rocked her children—watching the waterline rise on the wall. It’s for her parents in Seattle waiting by the phone to hear she’s ok. It’s for that determined young woman who carried her dog through the waist-deep waters. It’s for the countless neighbors and strangers who became a human chain of heroes or appeared as angels in waders and boats without waiting to be asked.
They are inspirations to us all. And they are what we will want to remember most once the waters and worry recede. But how?
I was asked to create a special medal of honor for some special brave people who live in Houston and survived the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. It was an honor to do so because beyond the physical loss, this is the kind of experience that lingers in a person’s soul for along time. It’s the kind of experience that changes you. In the personal histories of those who have been touched by it, especially firsthand, Hurricane harvey will become a before and after divider. This medal serve as a personal “after” reminder—as a totem of strength that honors the rising spirit of survivors of all kinds in the face of such a physical and emotional foe. It honors all the stronger, kinder people that Harvey created. It honors the very spirit of survival.
Instead of the regular $1.00 contribution to our selected charities, $3.00 for each purchase of this medal will go directly to the Houston Foodbank to help support what will surely be a growing need for assistance while the community rebuilds.
The spirit we witnessed in Houston lives in each of us everyday. We need to let it out as often as we can, without the natural disaster.