Paradise starts with the love we show each other here on earth.
Four-month old baby rescued
There seems to be so much unrest in many places in the world of late. People are roused and are rising as one against oppression in more than one country, this can only be a good thing but so dangerous. When bad things happen I always think of the saying You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs and I can’t help feeling that we are entering a period of great change. We can only hope and pray that all will be well in the end.
Even the Earth is reflecting this unrest with so many earthquakes of late. Yesterday a blogger I follow, Decadent Housewife, alerted readers to this blog written by a woman living in Japan. I read it before I went to bed last night and it really brought me close in to Sue’s life (and her family and friends) who are luckily alive but living now with shortages of every kind and most dreadful of all on top of the shock of the earthquake and the tsunami are suffering the heightened fear of radioactive fallout. I read back through Sue’s postings before the earthquake and tsunami struck the people of Japan and it was, much like ours, filled with the everyday and you could say but only in hindsight, rather mundane matters.
My heart goes out, a cliché I know but it does, especially to all the bereaved; there will be many orphans and many who have lost children. Am I the only one in that I almost feel a sense of voyeuristic guilt watching the film footage taken by onlookers of the tsunami as it struck and I wonder how people had the calm presence of mind to film it (they must have been up high surely?). I get rather annoyed with journalists who keep commenting on the huge number of cars strewn about - the number of cars shocked me, they typify our dependence on them and how they pollute in more ways than one. James Naughtie on Radio 4’s Today was waxing rather too lyrically about the cars, saying they would not see the light of day again - I found this rather insulting in the light of the numbers of human lives lost.
Watching the news from Japan I am lost for words and have been quiet for a few days, wanting to blog about it but hardly knowing how to express my sadness and my sympathy for the Japanese people. I am glad that our local Mid Wales Search and Rescue Firemen are going out to help.
Sue gives this wise advice, something we all hear and say over again but too soon forget.
Make the most of the present.
Live in each moment.
The present is indeed our gift and we should treat it as such, savouring each one and the next that is soon to be upon us and enjoying every aspect of life which is really so short and meant to be good; dispelling negativity and dwelling on the positive blessings. I often wake in the small hours unable to get back to sleep; I usually start ruminating and worry often dominates my thoughts, they enlarge at this time of day, I know not why. When I woke this morning at 4 am I deliberately set out to think only of blessings and it was incredible the numbers there are, they are endless really.
As I sit here at the computer I can start counting blessings again: my hands, my ability to type and spell and read and write, the computer itself, the internet, the view from my window, my cottage, my animals beside me, two dogs and a cat, music playing. Time off work, I am feeling better, the daffodils are coming out, I have good things to look forward to, books to read, places to go, plants, birds, warmth, clothes, food, peace, photographs, my camera, blogs, email messages,…… I will stop but I could go on all day really and I haven’t mentioned the most important blessings of all, my children, grandchildren, other family and dear friends.
The Dalai Lama got it right when he said Only Kindness Matters. The pictures from Japan should bring home to us the fragility of materialism and that what really matters are people and the love that we can give to each other (and the Earth).
In one of your moments do send out a prayer for Sue and all the Japanese people,
Bye for now,
Go mbeannai Dia duit,