Water from my Heart by Charles Martin is a fictional yet realistic story, centered around a true story of tragedy, hardship, saving graces, and miracles. It tells of the major impact two men - each of very different character - have on the same group of people. One man seems to have everything but, creates chaos and destruction without thought or care. The other who has little but, with thought and care, creates hope, love, respect, and the feeling of having everything one truly needs.
The story is based in facts of what happened, in Nicaragua in 1998,
when a hurricane settled over Nicaragua and resulted in the explosion of
a dormant volcano. Martin lays out details of some of these events in
the afterword titled "On Digging a Well", telling the story of a family
trapped in their shed and cut off from the rest of the world. A sound
like rescue helicopters drew them out of their shelter, only for them to
see a wall of water and mud stretching left and right across their line
I was so drawn
into the story, that when I read about the true story events I just
wanted to be able to be there - to help, and to extend to them my
admiration of their character.
What an eye-opener.
It stirred me to reflect on many aspects of my life. Choices I've made.
Possible impacts that I may have had on others, good or bad.
Indifferences I might have had, on those possible effects. Even more so,
the indifferences I might have on the impact on people all over the
world, caused by other people, or natural disasters. But, also, the
amazing affect that one person can have in a hopeful and loving way, on
so many. Which characteristic do I wish to enhance? I feel inspired to
keep growing in thoughtfulness and kindness.
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