Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Retirement - In an Instant

The week of spring, I am doing OK

Life changes so quickly!

I have been trying to write something for days but what has been happening in other parts of the world leaves me numb.  It does not feel right to me to chatter on with my silly little ramblings.

No one can look upon the pictures we are seeing of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster and not feel deep emotion for these people and their beautiful country. One moment they were going about their business and in the next second came disaster of  immense proportions. The news keeps getting more ominous and horrific but in the midst of it comes miracles of people finding loved ones and the outpouring of  kindness shown by others.  We want this terrible thing to stop and go away and for them and us to go about our normal lives, but it has changed for them and for us all. We are all neighbors in this world.

Most of us have had to face an instant turn of events in our lives.  It leads us down other roads, roads we might not have chosen before, however, is it the road we were destined to follow.  Japan has not only suffered though events of nature, but also the technology of man.  Maybe we can learn from this, but maybe not. 

In these times of human suffering, we want to open our hearts to help in any way we can, whether it be through prayers or actions.  When I think of kindness and goodness, I think of the Dalai Lama and his words of great wisdom.  Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama said, "This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.  Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." For these people of Japan, many of whom are Buddhist and live by this doctrine, the world will be there for them, our hearts overflow.


  1. Oh dear...I've tried to write this several times and no matter how I phrase it, it just comes out wrong. We need you to "ramble"...it gives us something pleasant in the midst of all this horror. We know it's happening..we will do what we can..we will pray..we will hold good thoughts, but please, don't stop "rambling" it is a bright spot for us all. I'm sure that still didn't come out right but there you go....

  2. You said it fine and I know what you mean. It is just that I can't shake this disaster even though I try not to listen to any cable news. Just getting pieces of it upsets me so. I live within 1 1/2 miles of Limerick power plant and that damn thing is an ominous reminder of what has happened.

    I will go back to my silly ramblings next time.

    Thanks for your comment.


  3. Ah, made a mistake, the plant is 5 1/2 miles away, it just seems like a mile in times like this. Can't see it from my house but when I go to higher ground, there it is.

  4. I do hope that this nightmare situation will be a wake up call for the world to rethink and then reject a power source that pollutes the planet. Nature has dealt a devastating blow to the Japanese people but the resulting disaster is man made. We should all invest in sources from sun, water and earth.