Friday, March 11, 2011

Beyond Words

First thing this morning, I see Vern's smiling face.  After our good mornings, he told me that Japan had been hit by a monstrous earthquake and tsunami.  For some reason, the news came with a tremendously ominous feeling.  There have been so many major natural disasters in the last decade.  Then, when I check facebook today to see what my friends are posting about Japan, I'm met on every hand by tragic news: one friend's aunt is in serious condition with a brain tumor, asking for prayers; that same friend has had some kind of mixup with her finances and now cannot meet her rent; there's a troop in Afghanistan that has lost four soldiers since last night . . . I stopped reading at that point.

Is it my own short memory (due to only having lived for just short of 35 years), or are there more huge natural disasters happening now?  From what I've been able to see at Wikipedia, it seems like these kinds of things come in clusters.  There was a cluster in the 1920's & 30's, and it looks like we're in one now.

I've started and deleted several attempts at this post . . . so I'm going to tear myself away from twitter (which is amazing for breaking news at a time like this) and videos of the quake & tsunamis, and go do something constructive.  I think I'll go put my sheets in the dryer and build something with some lumber that has been waiting for me since just after HJ was born.  And make a good lunch for my family.  And hug and kiss my little (and not-so-little) ones.  Nothing like a crisis elsewhere to get you serious about really living.

I hope you and yours are safe, wherever you are, and that you'll drop procrastination and excuses so you can do the most important things Now . . . and not later.

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