Created with by L. Barbosa 2014

What if you lost everything and then got it back?

I recently flipped through some heart-breaking photos of refugees escaping war-torn areas of the Middle East. I studied the faces of the women and children. They looked defeated, exhausted, tired and hungry. The grown-ups and some of the older children carried pillowcase-sized bags containing all of the possessions they were able to bring. Mostly, I imagined, blankets and clothing. It made me think – hard. What if I lost everything? My family and friends. My home. My car. My job, savings and security. I let my mind absorb the pain and shock of that for a moment. Everything I rely on and everyone I love wiped out in an act of war, a flash flood, typhoon or tornado. I closed my eyes and took a

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