I heard about the tragic news of the christchurch earthquake yesterday.
I feel so many people’s lives have been shaken both literally and metaphorically.
As I was listening to updates, not from the news, but from Facebook, I saw a new power arising, the love and support of the collective consciousness. Whilst this is no replacement for human interaction by any means (and I am a big advocate of this) I realised something else – there is a huge potential for providing support, hope, inspiration, love and empathy through this medium which would otherwise be lost. Hence this message to further that vibe.
I feel I am lucky, for as far as I know, nobody known to me personally has been severely hurt (although I was concerned about one of my friends Rochelle for a while, thanks for your updates Rocky!). I am sure there are other affected who I haven’t yet heard about. My gratitude also goes out to some of my friends and family from overseas who didn’t know that we live in Wellington and not Christchurch (and I am currently in Sydney)-so thanks for your concern all the same.
Despite no direct involvement, I can seen and feel the pain for those who have lost so much at not even a moments notice, as I am sure you can too. I can also see how this same uncertainty occurs in so many others around the world who are the subject of natural disasters, and even war (which is another form of disaster, only man made).
In Christchurch the process of rebuilding is still yet to occur and it will take effort, patience and perseverance, but in my opinion, the greatest driving force (as with any big challenge) is to maintain hope and inspiration.
With that I offer here is an anonymous Poem that was first alerted to me by my friend Nayomi, and it is a wonderful source of inspiration when you feel that the task ahead seems impossible and you want to give up. This especially goes out to all my New Zealand friends
I offer this as a gift of hope to those who need it! Don’t give up, you’ll see the back of this -i’m sure!
NZ is such a great place, and it’s people are amazing -we can make it through this.
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,When the funds are low and the debts are high,And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,When care is pressing you down a bit,Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.Life is queer with its twists and turns,As every one of us sometimes learns,And many a failure turns about,When he might have won had he stuck it out;Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–You may succeed with another blow.Often the goal is nearer than,It seems to a faint and faltering man,Often the struggler has given up,When he might have captured the victor’s cup,And he learned too late when the night slipped down,How close he was to the golden crown.Success is failure turned inside out–The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,And you never can tell how close you are,It may be near when it seems so far,So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
– Author unknown