NEW YORK (MindaNews / 16 Sept) — Two powerful storms are raging over the Carolinas USA and the Northern part of the Philippines – Florence and Mangkhut. There are reported casualties but the death toll may rise.

One good thing about a storm is that it does not stay in one single location. The path normally changes course and travels over large bodies of water. Storms carry billions of gallons of water that are released with strong gusts of wind resulting to flooding. We can only imagine the devastation and death if a storm stays inland.

We can also say the same in life. Storms are not there to stay. Challenges we face are temporary. After every storm comes the sunshine.

Nothing is more beautiful to behold than seeing the sunshine after the storm. We look around and we see loved ones and strangers who stood by us through the night. Those who heard the howling winds but tell us it will be over in the morning and everything will be okay. Those who risk life and limb to rescue people in danger. It is a community coming together. After a storm is where we see the finest in humanity.

Farmers may lose their crops but can plant again. Houses are destroyed but houses can be built again. Rebuilding is a sometimes a slow process but it does build values and character – patience, perseverance, humility, wisdom to name a few.

These values make us stronger and more resilient.

We do not ask for storms but when they come, we can always say, there is an end and a new beginning awaits.

We offer our prayers and condolences to those who lost loved ones to the fury of a storm.

[MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Mindanawon Abroad is MindaNews’ effort to link up with Mindanawons overseas who would like to share their experiences in their adopted countries. CarolinaVillanueva Peralta of Kiamba, Sarangani, presently resides in New York but is actively involved in development efforts in Sarangani. She serves as Secretary for two US non-profit organizations whose flagship includes the Organic Seedball Initiative which aims to “eliminate hunger and reclaim our collective future one seed at a time”.
An advocate for sustainable development and care for the environment, she has served in government, the health care industry  and now in education, her first vocation.
She finished her Masters in Development degree at the Asian Institute of Management]