Out of the trauma of that three-day blaze, Chicago upgraded its safety and construction standards and started afresh in a way that has helped make it a world-class city.
Currently, Colorado is recovering from the wildfires which devastated a portion of that state in June and July. Over time, people there will surely strive to make something good come from the disaster.
Among other things, the Waldo Canyon fire chapter of that saga destroyed nearly 350 houses. One of them belonged to Howie and Theresa Danzik, leaders in the Amway business and World Wide DreamBuilders.
Their beautiful home in Colorado Springs, one of their three residences, was reduced to rubble on June 26th. Earlier in the day, officials were predicting that their home would be spared from the fire that had been raging for weeks.
However, as a precaution that proved supremely wise, Howie and Theresa gathered their three children and some of their most personal and prized possessions and relocated to a hotel about 20 miles away. Sure enough, winds shifted and thrust the fire in the direction of the Danziks’ neighborhood.
When their 8,000-square-foot home was consumed, Howie was in the midst of making a business presentation. He couldn’t do anything about the fire, but he could do something about building his business and further strengthening his economic future–rather than dwelling on that challenge, he put his energy into the solution.
Already, to their credit and to the surprise of nobody familiar with their dedication to seeing the positive in whatever they encounter, they have taken steps to not only survive the episode, but to grow stronger from it.
Less than a week after the fire, Ron Puryear, one of the founders of WWDB, shared a voicemail that Howie had shared with him and given permission to pass along to others.
In his remarks, Howie expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and supportive prayers and thoughts that people had conveyed to that point.
And he also noted that they had already begun going on shopping excursions to replace some of those possessions lost in the fire and would soon be moving into another home.
“This shows the power of the business,” Howie said. “We had the resources to do what we wanted to do and not worry about it, so we really are in fantastic shape and this too shall pass.”