Vol. 7, No. 01
“Tsunami toll to exceed 150,000:” One of many headlines describing one of the worst disasters humans have ever known. Nearly 150,000 have been confirmed dead in the area, and according to Jan Egeland, UN Humanitarian Chief, the world will never know how many people were washed to sea and will never be found.
Beyond these, there are innumerable people who, though not directly affected, have lost relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and partners. Some have been lost permanently through death. Some are missing. Others have been so unalterably damaged that the nature of those relationships will never be the same.
What can we do? Well, of course, we can help. Many of us already are doing that. Second, we can learn. People are already asking what we can do to prevent such a disaster from occurring again. Many spiritual practices consider troubled times as times for reflection…times that life is encouraging our spiritual growth in particularly dramatic ways. Third, we can be thankful. How many times do we feel that life is giving us a tough road until a disaster like this reminds us of how lucky we are in so many ways? Finally, we can dream…yes, dream. Those thousands upon thousands of people whose lives were lost or disrupted had dreams or hopes that were destroyed or, at least, badly damaged. That does not mean that we should not continue to create visions for a better future.
May peace be with us.
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