I have been deeply affected by the enormous tragedy in Japan. The images coming in everyday are overwhelming. I try only to watch at night which has probably been the reason for my restless nights. I have a bad feeling. The kind where you go about your day and look around like you’re trying to capture normalcy knowing it will be gone when you wake up tomorrow.There is a nuclear power plant in south OC. A big one. As the crow flies we would be considered ‘in the zone’. Our business was first located one city over from the reactor’s location. We were sent potassium iodide pills for our employees. My husband didn’t tell me this until last night. I knew about the evacuation alarms but I didn’t know about the pills. I asked him why he threw them out. I think like the majority of people, you believe something so cataclysmic could never happen to you or to your community because it never has. It’s normal to have trouble wrapping your mind around something so life altering.

I keep looking around today. The mail box post needs painting. Isn’t it wonderful? We need groceries. I am grateful I can walk into the market today and buy whatever we need. I know there are so many in Japan that cannot.

I am concerned, worried, heart sick that so many people are in shock from loss that their normalcy might never return to them. I pray daily for them and for all of us.

I believe the one thing that keeps us grounded when our minds can’t wrap around something is to go about what we consider comforting. Part of what I find comforting is what I do here on this blog ~ writing, baking, photography, ramble. I know there are life altering events taking place and my little blog doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in the scope of things but it’s my normalcy and it’s helping me to wrap my head around the world.

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  1. It’s so sad. I just keep praying for them. I’m having a giveaway to celebrate Spring. It ends this Friday, so check it out if you haven’t already entered! Kori xoxo

  2. It is so devastating. I had NO idea til I watched TODAY this morning. I was crying my eyes out…. ugh I missed the death toll as I was out of town and out of the loop. Ugh rip my heart out.


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  4. So well put and I couldnt’ agree more! This is so impossible to truly grasp the magnitude of and so unbelievably sad…and sadly we have yet to realize the depths of devastation and human loss even now. All we can do from our end is to keep them in our thoughts and prayers and ask God to guide them during these difficult days ahead…to do whatever part we can, to contribute money, there is no amount too small. They will require every cent to rebuild and of course no price can be put on the human loss. I like you, try to comfort myself by finding the right balance, of taking some time every day to think about them, pray for them but also to go on in my daily life mindful of my blessings and how quickly they can be gone.

  5. Thoughtful post, PMP. It is impossible to fathom. On a positive note, I heard someone from Save the Children interviewed this afternoon.
    During this particular disaster, STC is focused on helping children cope with the psychological trauma. When the reporter asked if STC was involved in rescue/recovery efforts, the man said that the Japanese had that well in hand, were very prepared, and well-resourced compared to any other country where his organization had worked.

  6. The images coming from Japan have been utterly heartbreaking. I recently heard that an entire community of 10,000 residents has not yet been accounted for. We must all remember to keep them in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for the heartfelt post. (Psalm 46:1-3)

  7. Great post! This is heartbreaking, and devastating.

  8. The devastation seems to grow with each news clip and I don’t feel we have heard the total of it just yet ~ truly heart breaking! Yes, the normalcy of our lives should be appreciated. We have a family in our school that is visiting their home in Japan and is still missing.


  9. I agree. Normalcy is comforting at a time like this. It is so incredibly sad seeing the devastation they are experiencing.

  10. I have been feeling the same way. It is so heartbreaking to see what is going on. I wish there was something we could call do to make it all better. It has been difficult to focus.

    Thank you for reminding me that there is comfort in normalcy.

  11. Well, said. I have found the need to grasp for normalcy in my own situation. To some it may appear as denial or such. But when your world is turned upside down the only way to begin righting it is to put the familiar pieces together first – like doing a puzzle, collect the edges and then begin working into the more complicated parts. It is what brings a sense of order to our minds, a balance to our activities and vision of things geting better.