The disaster...4 years on...

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday was freezing on the way home-and despite the weatherman's assurances, we did get some snow yesterday. Today will be as cool in the morning, but it should warm up to around 10C by midday. Tomorrow will be pretty much the same as today and then we should see the mercury slowly climb till we get up to the mid teens on the weekend and a predicted high of 17C on Monday.

There was no way I was going to write about anything other than the 3/11 Disaster today. Today marks the 4th anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake which, as we all know, took around 19,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands without a home or a means of earning a living. I read in the paper that there are still 229,000 people who are still evacuees. That's a lot of people whose lives are still 'on hold' after 4 years.

Being human, we always want to look on the bright side of life. The towns and villages along the coast are being rebuilt. Children are going to school. The industries that were so devastated are starting to recover. It's a lot of good news.

Despite the good news, there is still a lot of grief and guilt among the survivors who are trying to carve a new life out for themselves. People are racked by the sense of loneliness brought on by the loss of loved ones. Others feel guilt for having survived when so many people perished. Still others wonder if it would have been better if they too had died in the earthquake and its aftermath.

We've heard all the numbers about how many people were lost, how many homes were destroyed, how much money it'll cost to rebuild the area. However, the emotional scars felt by the survivors are impossible to measure and if we don't support them and help them rebuild, not only their lives, but their lust for life-the cost of the disaster will continue to grow.

It makes me want to just drop everything and move to Tohoku to help out. But I have to leave it in the hands of the professionals and pray that they're doing their jobs. Have you ever felt like that? That you just want to go and do something. Anything.

Anyway, keep the victims of the 3/11 disaster in mind today and I hope you have a good day.

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