"Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are."

Monday, March 14, 2011

Third Rock From The Sun

What can be said about the tragedy in Japan. SM and I have watched and read the news coming out of Japan. Devastation on a scale so huge, I can't wrap my head around it.

We think we can prepare for disasters.  Japan did.  From everything I've seen and read, Japan is as prepared as anyone could be for the events that they have experienced singularly.

They engineered buildings to withstand earthquakes and ran drills to prepare the population.

They have warning systems in place for Tsunami's.

They are at the top of their game with nuclear technology.

But put all three together?  How can anyone have imagined a scenario like that?

Some tragedies in life are small and contained.  They may only affect an individual or a few people at most. 

And some like what we are witnessing in Japan have such a massive impact that the reverberations will be felt for decades worldwide.

How can anyone in this modern age prepare for anything?

SM and I prepare for rising food prices by planting a garden and plan to "squirrel away" as much of it as possible by buying a freezer and canning our surplus.

We continue to drive old cars because the cost of gasoline to fuel them outweighs the desire to purchase newer vehicles.

We consider energy alternatives and water storage.

SM asks me this morning..."But are we just kidding ourselves?"

God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road. ~Isak Dinesen

Never have truer words been spoken.


  1. It's shockingly tragic, that's for sure. I don't know if we can ever be truly prepared for something like that. How could we? We must rely on each other.

    ~The world is round to remind us that we are all connected.~

  2. The tragedy in japan is breaking everyones heart,about the only thing I am trying to prepare for is possibly hunger in this country,therefore I am buying everything I possibly can,in the way of food. Will it be enough I don't think so. If we have an earthquake who knows. The world is round so we can reach out to help our neighbor. Blessings jane

  3. It seems the thing you prepare for is the thing that never happens. But there is that old adage about the ant and the grasshopper. I would rather be the ant, even if it does not help at all.