Our current situation has led to great opportunities for learning, in both the new practical skills we can use in the workplace and in our daily lives but also the empathetic skills that may be of an even more wonderful and lasting nature.
On the practical side, you’re never too young or too old to learn about hurricanes. With the Atlantic storm season starting June 1, NOAA is capitalizing on this Stay Home time to teach elementary school age kids about hurricanes and the role NOAA’s meteorologists play through a webinar series, titled Hurricanes at Home! Although the most recent Florida webinar occurred this past Friday, you can still click the “Register” button, fill-in the fields, and watch the recorded presentation. It’s very lively! Hopefully, they’ll add a few more live webinars for Florida in the future – if not, there are plenty coming up in other states to choose from. And as we know, Florida doesn’t have a corner on hurricanes!
On the empathetic side, I recently read a very touching story in The Palm Beach Post about a local philanthropist who admitted she never realized the level of poverty or need was great enough that there were food banks in Palm Beach County. Her eyes were opened after reading a blurb about The Breakers resort donating 23,000 pounds of food recently to the food bank in Lantana. I won’t spoil the surprise, but will let you read the story for yourself and learn about how she connected with her own previous experience with hunger and the generous donation she made that she hopes will inspire others to do likewise – especially in these difficult times we find ourselves in.
Please stay healthy and safe and I’ll see you on the (virtual) trail!