We are the Phoenix

In Greek mythology, the legend of the Phoenix tells of a bird that is cyclically destroyed by fire, only to be born again, more powerful and vibrant than before.  As wildfires burn violently in the hills, valleys, riverbeds and neighborhoods of San Diego, I envision the silhouette of the Phoenix, rising above the ash and ember, as a beacon of hope. We are the Phoenix.

We are the Phoenix, not only in that we will undoubtedly emerge from this fiery tribulation, but also in that we will emerge with a renewed sense of hope, gratitude, love, understanding, and strength. We are the Phoenix in that each time we go up in flames, amidst the sadness, terror, and ruin — together we are reborn.

Although the fires continue to burn, the Phoenix has already begun to rise from the flames. The Phoenix rises as dauntless emergency crews give themselves to protect and serve our community. The Phoenix rises as volunteers, journalists and local leaders ceaselessly and strategically advise and inform. The Phoenix rises as neighbors offer aid to neighbors. The Phoenix rises as friends and strangers alike open their hearts and homes. The Phoenix rises as animals are fostered and pets are reunited with their families. The Phoenix rises as parents hug their children a little tighter. The Phoenix rises as loved ones take an extra moment to say “I love you” before hanging up the phone. The Phoenix rises with each prayer and kind thought sent from across town, across the nation and across the world. The Phoenix rises as we give thanks for one another. And if you look closely, you can see the Phoenix rising at this very moment.

The Phoenix is an emblem of hope, endurance and revival. We are the Phoenix, ascending from the smoldering remains of catastrophe to regenerate — now stronger, wiser, more grateful, and more magnificent than ever before.

We are the Phoenix — and we will rise.



Hannah Jane 

Photo Credit: K.C. Alfred Photography - San Diego

Photo Credit: K.C. Alfred Photography – San Diego


17 thoughts on “We are the Phoenix

  1. Dear Hannah, No better words can be spoken at this time…living in Carlsbad our surrounding areas! You dad would be right there, in the middle of it…reporting as he always did. Now he’s looking down and is so very proud of you!!!

  2. Beautiful as always… ❤ Your posts come right on cue, when I need them the most. You are truly an inspiration for many. Thank YOU! May you continue on your journey with many blessings and lots of love. 🙂

  3. Hi Hannah, Thank you for your wonderful spirit and optimism, its helps keep us going through the tough times and thank you for taking the time to stay connected with us all – its a great feeling ! Ron

    Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 15:48:16 +0000 To: ron.outback@hotmail.com

  4. Sad San Diego has been, is and always will be Phoenix! This has been a difficult event, but we will recover as we have before.

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