indianola is currently a ghost town in south texas that at one time was a thriving city on the coast just about half the size of houston back in 1875, as i read the story of the downfall of this city it brought me to the relationship of how people can get beat down and never get back up.
the downfall of indianola starts back in september of 1875 when the town was struck by a horrible hurricane almost completely destroying the city and killing almost 300 people, they rebuilt and got back to their lives. in august of 1886 the town was wiped out again by another hurricane followed almost immediate by a fire that took out the entire town, and the people gave up and dispersed to other parts of the state. they had lost their will to keep trying, the hardships were to much and the cost was too high.
last summer and fall i had a string of issues from medical to business to personal that have taken quite a toll on my usual optimistic outlook on life and people, so this story of defeat resonated and made me take a good hard look at what i was ‘giving up on’ and if it was worth the price. every hardship has to be evaluated individually, but sometimes we don’t take the time to look deep enough and evaluate all of the pieces. we jump to conclusions or listen to our friends that may not have all the information, staying with a problem (or group of problems) may be one of the hardest things a person can do … but it is proving to be extremely rewarding as you watch yourself being transformed in to a new person.
who knows what indianola would have been like today if the citizens have had the strength to rebuild and design structures to protect the city, but i do know what we can become by not giving in … successful!