If only there was something positive to say about earthquakes and tsunamis. My heart goes out to all that have been effected by the natural disasters in Japan, and now we sit and keep fingers and toes crossed for the best case scenario as tsunami warnings abound for Hawaii (waves hitting as I type) and the west coast of the US. Carole, let us know that all is well with you and yours, please! As human beings, all we can do is EVERYTHING possible, after things settle down and so many are in need of so much.
As I am in the middle of reading When Things Fall Apart, I am reminded of it’s overall message, which is impermanence. As Pema Chodron pens, “It is there, in the midst of chaos, we can discover the truth and love that are indestructible.” My guess is that those that have been most impacted by today’s tragedy, will learn this lesson quickly. Maybe that IS the positive take-away for all of us. Perhaps these survivors will also learn what gratitude REALLY is.
“No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of the night.”
– Elie Wiesel