My transition from cluttered to simple living.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

How very sad....

In spite of how difficult the pictures are to look at, I find myself unable to pull myself away from the scenes of destruction.  Japan is on the other side of the world, but television has brought this tragedy home to us.  I cannot imagine the horror that these people must have felt when the earthquake hit, followed then, by the arrival of the Tsunami.  Now these poor souls have the threat of a nuclear meltdown to contend with.

All I can think of is, where will they start?  How do you clean up a mess such as this?  How can they possibly heal after such losses?

I wonder what lessons we will all learn from this event?  What lasting lessons do we learn from any tragedy?

Will the supporters of Nuclear energy rethink the safety of this method of producing power? Will the Gulf Oil Spill be the last?  Will we all learn to live with less so that we never have to endure these sorts of disasters?

Life is fragile.  It is my guess that not one person in Japan expected that they would not have family or homes to return to at the end of their working day.  That is the biggest lesson in all of this ugliness. Homes, cars, businesses, and possessions are replaceable... family and friends are not.  I think that most of us have held our loved ones a little longer over the past several days...

I hope that our Japanese neighbours know that we mourn their losses too, and sending healing prayers and thoughts their way.


  1. I agree, Wendy. The devastation in Japan reminds me of the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed hundreds of thousands of people. Japan is the best equipped nation to handle such disaster, and still they are helpless. I have also stopped to give thanks for the ordinariness of my own life, and realize that an earthquake and tsunami are very possible here.

  2. Beautifully expressed Wendy. This tragedy is difficult to fathom in its breadth and scope. The situation with the nuclear reactors is truly frightening. We are all connected and the sooner we reduce our consumption of resources the sooner we reduce the risk of disasters that have such profound impacts on human life.