When Hurricane Harvey prompted a year’s worth of torrential rain around the Houston, Texas area in a matter of days, and became the biggest disaster in mainland America since Hurricane Katrina, predictably, a lot of things happened.

Thirty-five people thus far, have died as a result of the storm; 13,000 rescue operations have been carried out and 30,000 people have at least temporarily lost their homes. No doubt these statistics will increase by the time the total damage is accounted for.

You may have heard the phrase, “When life deals you lemons, make lemonade!”

It’s a great idea but let’s be honest, it is also easier said than done.

The issue always of course, is your attitude.

Well in Houston, a team of four Mexican bakers, who found themselves trapped in their bakery due to the flood waters, chose to keep baking loaves of bread and sweet pan dulce (a Mexican speciality) so they could provide some emergency relief to others who had no food.

What a great example of accepting your situation and instead of merely sitting around, waiting for your own rescue, these guys decided to become part of the solution.


El Bollilo bakers

They were stuck inside the bakery for two days and baked hundreds of loaves, using 2,000 kgs of flour that were later distributed to the various emergency shelters that had been set up around the city.

Positive attitude

A good reminder for all of us surely?


Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.