A reflection on Japan’s crisis

Survivors out of Sendai

Sendai, a city near the epicenter of the earthquake

What can be said as citizens of the world watch the disaster happening in Japan unfold?   Imagine what it was like being a helicopter pilot over the wave of destruction passing over the farmlands of rural northern Japan knowing that people were likely swept up in that wave losing their very lives?  We’re all viewing images, watching video and hearing stories of the missing, the unaccounted and of course the furious efforts to contain nuclear leaks at Japan’s hardest hit nuclear reactors.

Here we are, half a world away, feeling helpless to do anything of any real consequence; skeptical of sending cash donations for fear they would be squandered away in bureaucracies like those millions of dollars flushed away following Haiti’s disaster (how are those poor people fairing a year after their earthquake?).  Even if I had the cash to send, where does it ultimately go and does it really help anyone in need?  

I have to admit, as I watched the initial images coming in after this story broke out on worldwide media outlets, I felt a strong urge to evaluate the meaning of my life as it is.  Why was I not part of a something bigger than myself?  Why was I not part of a search and rescue team getting my hands and feet involved in helping save lives?  But yet, what can one person do in the face of such massive heartache and tragedy?

I’m sure I am not alone in some of these thoughts and I have very little to offer the people of Japan at this critical time in their history other than my heartfelt sympathy and prayers for recovery.  I also pray against the potential nuclear “meltdown” feared in the affected areas.  The media is calling this a three-fold disaster:  earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear fallout.  I pray that this disaster is not further complicated by anything else and that search and rescue efforts can truly take shape and be effective to help the survivors of this disaster recover, not only physically, but emotionally as well for there will be much sorrow to go around for a long while after the uncontrolled fires are extinguished; the tsunami debris is cleaned up and homes are rebuilt. 

My heart aches for Japan today, as it did for the people of Christchurch, New Zealand a few weeks ago, the Haitians last year and for the Indonesians in 2004.  Such extreme natural disasters are beyond anyone’s control and our efforts are only in containment, rescue, and cleanup and rebuilding.  It is at a time like this that I am heartened by member nations of the world seeking to come together in a spirit of unity to help their fellow human beings in a time of extreme crisis.  Beyond the evil seen daily in this world, there is much good to see and remember. 

It’s in times such as these where we all ought to take account of our lives, our blessings and be ever-so-thankful for what we have.  Life is too short to take ANYTHING for granted.

May God comfort the people of Japan through this crisis, and may He bless the efforts of those who are able to help in all stages of rescue and rebuilding efforts.  May small miracles abound out of this tragedy and give hope to all mankind.

Most sincerely,



About stephsquared2010

A Mom of two boys. A wife to one man :-). A buyer by day, but a Reliv distributor by night. Looking to help others' standard of health, bring awareness to health issues, and bring financial opportunities to those who want it!
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2 Responses to A reflection on Japan’s crisis

  1. Jim Moore says:

    So, this is where you blog now! LOL

    Stephanie, I share with you the thoughts and feelings about the unfortunate circumstances to hit Japan within the past 48 hours. It has been everything except ordinary for those fellow human beings.

    The Japanese people are tremendously self-reliant people, but of course, there is always a limit and if there ever was one, this would be it. They need help and the people of the world-at-large will provide it as they have done many times before around the world.

    This kind of event, as sad and unfortunate as it is, oftentimes brings humanity together like never before. It has been said that there is only one race on this planet that matters, the human race. In spite of our differences, we all share the combined term for our description as “human being”. We are more alike than different.

    I, too, want to do something to help, but I’m not sure what to do. Just sending money to a bureaucratic institution may not be the best way, as you have pointed out. I doubt if even a thousand truckloads of bottled water, clothing, canned food items (no creamed corn) and toilet articles would be enough to make even a small dent in the problem, but they might alleviate some distress.

    The Japanese people are well aware of their needs and had they not created their buildings resistant to the constant threat of earthquake potentials, things would have been much worse. For that, we should all be thankful.

    I’d like to see something done in every community across our great nation to help the Japanese people. If everyone does a little bit, then no one has to do a lot. This is a case where it certainly could add-up in a big way and it won’t come from government tax dollars or agencies, but directly from the people, themselves.

    People create nations, but nations do not always speak for the people. In this way, the people will speak directly to other people, extending the hand of friendship, peace, goodwill and assistance in a time of need. What are friends for?

    Thanks for your post and cross-post to facebook.

    • Hi Jim!
      Yes, this is my official business blog with a shade of the personal thrown in. How can I not be? You know me going way back, Jim. I’m a blogger at heart and I am glad I’ve found a small outlet for such.

      Thanks for your reply to my post. I knew you’d understand the sentiment contained herein. Welcome to my blog dear friend! Come on back soon. 🙂

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