Friday, April 1, 2011
Acts of God
On March 11th 2011, I was frazzled.
A trip around the traffic choked city in the non-stop rain, a mislaid umbrella, a delayed (without explanation) train, a mysterious noise in the engine of my car, a daughter with endless financial requests - the day seemed never to cease throwing up challenges.
Then I heard the news, saw the telly footage. The progress and possessions of a hard working, thriving nation obliterated before my eyes.
The fragility of my comfortable condition and how perilously close I live to destruction was sharply brought into focus, the power of nature and helplessness of mankind in its wake, highlighted up close and personal.
The sudden arrival of the earthquake in Japan, as well as disasters in Haiti and New Zealand, show there are things that cannot be controlled. Fate can wrongfoot me in a split second.
So, there is huge merit in living each day as if were the last one and showing gratitude for the goodness of God, no matter what (meagre or otherwise) daily challenges I am thrown.