Heavy Heart

Waking up on a day like today, it's hard to be a blogger. Through the online writing community and this blog in particular, I have made so many wonderful connections to people all over the world, including Japan. It's devastating to watch the footage of Tsunami waves hitting the coast, wiping out homes and lives. I feel powerless living so far from it all, knowing that even more destruction is still to come as the waves spread to other coast lines.

My prayers go out to all nations affected by this, and I urge everyone in a position to offer financial support to think about donating to organizations best suited to help with the destructive aftermath. It's early yet, and I suspect throughout the course of the day there will be more concrete avenues to donate to, but keep an eye on this page and links:

Red Cross information

25 comments:

Clarissa Draper said...

I know it's so sad. I can't watch the television where I am but I've been watching CNN and it's so devastating.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

You know what I think I love most about being an author? We're never powerless. Never. This post? This is you exerting your power and raising awareness, and thank you for doing it. You have more impact than you think you do. :)
Thank you for writing this. :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

It really does put the rejections into perspective.

Angela Ackerman said...

Clarissa, it is terrible to watch, and must be especially for you having family and friends who live there. I hope everything comes out alright for them. Huge hugs coming your way.

Bethany, yes you are right--we are never truly powerless. It is just so hard to know this is happening and we can not stop it, only do what we can to help in the aftermath.

Stina, yes it makes all of our problems and woes come into perspective.

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

Deb said...

Thank you. Adding my prayers to yours and will watch here for links....I'll just keep it up and refresh every so often

Patti said...

It definitely puts things in perspective. Makes you appreciate your life just a little bit more.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

The beauty of being a blogger is meeting people all over the world. It also makes us vulnerable to grief as the wider world is at our doorstep.
I accept that risk and hope that when we spread the word and offer avenues to help, we are making a difference. Thanks, Angela.

Catherine A. Winn said...

This morning as I lay in the tub, relaxing, I couldn't help thinking how desperate for someone else at that same moment. I've been praying for them all and for the ones in our own nation facing flood waters. Sad, sad time right now.

Judy Croome said...

It's awful. My hometown had an earthquake of 7.6 (or was it 7.8?) in the late 70's and that was scary. An earthquake of 8.9 followed by the tsunami must be sheer horror.
Judy (South Africa)

Angela Ackerman said...

It is terrible, isn't it? When something like this happens, or we are caught in the middle of something like this happening to us, it reminds us how fragile life is and how everything can change so quickly.

To take something positive away from this, I'm trying to infuse myself with a great sense of appreciation for all I've been given, and all the wonderful people I've been blessed to know. I hope others will too.

Hugs everyone. As always, thanks for your comments. When something like this happens, it helps to share what we feel. :)

Laura Pauling said...

Natural disasters put everything into perspective. Sometimes I just have to try not to think about it b/c the reality of it is just too overwhelming. I hope the worst is over.

Matthew MacNish said...

It's so tragic and terrifying at the same time. I have a special love for all things Japanese, and my company is owned by a Japanese parent company, so the emails today at work are pretty devastating.

May the Buddha of Compassion hold them in the palm of his hand, and protect them from Samsara.

Sara Thompson said...

It's a crisis that still is not over. Japanese scientists and officials are watching their nuclear plant carefully to see if the earthquake and tsunami have damaged the core which will cause an even greater disaster. We have family in Tokyo and it's really hard to be so far away and have to watch and wait.

Holly Ruggiero said...

It is so frightening. My heart and prayers are with them as well.

Angela Ackerman said...

I'm sending all of you guys with family and friends over there strength--Sarah, Matt, Clarissa I can only imagine how tough this is for you.

Kelly H-Y said...

Such true words. To wake up this morning and hear that our own coastline had been evacuated was startling enough, but to then see the devastation in Japan was just an overwhelming feeling.

Bish Denham said...

This is indeed another tragedy. The earth is a marvelous being, but when she yawns or stretches we humans pay. It is the price of admission to this wonderful, mysterious and living planet.

Jemi Fraser said...

This has been horrific - those poor people. the images are incredibly hard to watch. I'm so glad there are so many people willing to donate and help. The Red Cross has sure been busy this year.

Jan Markley said...

I'm with you on that one Angela! It's a terrible tragedy.

Leslie Rose said...

I've been following the news. It's hard to wrap my head around the intensity of such a quake. When they said even the aftershocks were the size of the Northridge CA quake, it broke my heart for the people living through this. How do you find peace with such relentless force working against you? Thank you, Angela for reviving up the donation motor.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

My prayers are with Japan and the families of the people that are being affected by this most recent violent act of nature....

Julie Musil said...

I still can't believe what happened over there. The earthquake was bad enough, but the tsunami and now nuclear issues? I've said many prayers for Japan these past few days.

tracikenworth said...

I find it hard to look at pics or view footage. My heart aches for them.

Becca Puglisi said...

Thank you for posting this, Angela. I was out of town for a family wedding, and it felt a little weird to celebrate and be so happy when so many people were suffering.

I'm praying for Japan, and for all of you who have loved ones and business associates there.

Julie Jarnagin said...

Absolutely. My heart hurts for those affected.

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