Tuesday, March 15, 2011

my thoughts this week

Life is unpredictable. One minute you're buying fabric from a Japanese website, the next, lives are lost, towns are swept away. Were you affected by the disaster? Watching the disaster on TV can make it seem unreal. But this time I felt the fear, the uncertainty. I knew people who were in Japan when it happened. Yes, they are safe. Those moments of not knowing - it's nothing compared to the ones in Japan who are searching and grieving for their lost ones. I cannot imagine.

This week, my extended family lost a member who met with a tragic end. This is my first death experienced as an adult. It felt unreal, almost dream-like. Am I still in shock? I tried to remember my last contact with the person during Chinese New Year but it was very brief. I remembered he chatted with me on facebook last year. He wanted to tell me how he felt as a new father. Life is unpredictable.

It is the living who is most affected by the passing of a loved one. They are the ones who have to make sense of the death and keep going.

I believe in the tenacity of the human spirit. Japan - the Land Of Handmade will rise again. In time, my family will heal.

Meanwhile, life must go on.

Rest in peace, W.

8 comments:

by night said...

Jane, this is so deep. and true too. thank you for this awesome thought and know my thoughts are with you and your family (partly - as pretty much all I can think about these awful days is Japan and how small we are when nature takes its rights back...)

antmee said...

My condolence to you Jane and to your family. My thoughts at the moment have been pretty much on others from many parts of the world as they cope with the disasters happening in their towns/cities. Japan has shown the world what a marvelous people they are with the way they are coping and helping each other through this tough time.

Bethany said...

I can only say this: :(

Yadira said...

This is so sad, and you are right; it's us, the living who have to deal with death and the uncertainty. I hope your family heals soon. I'm so sorry about all these disasters happening in the world.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts are with you Jane.
~ Jennifer, Chowz Creations

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

love and light Jane - I am so deeply saddened by not only what has happened in Japan but the aching knowledge that it is going to take so very long for them to rebuild and return to normality ... deeply deeply saddened.

Chris H said...

Sorry you had to finally face a death in your extended family. You are right, it is always hardest on those left behind.
Japan... what a tragedy that is... I hope they recover eventually from the triple blows... earthquake, tsunami and nuclear threat.

tamdoll said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss in your family.

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