The devestating earthquake in Christchurch has left me numb. It is unimaginable how terrible it must be for those living there.
Somehow my little daily problems and issues seem meaningless. The night of the ‘quake I went off to a fun cooking lesson at the Auckland Fish Market. It seemed wrong to do something so frivilous, but then again life does go on, but it felt strange.
The Prime Minister here hit the nail on the head when he said that it is a disaster for the whole country. It has got me thinking about what I can do and how I would respond.
I’d like to think I would be courageous and got to the assistance of others without thought for myself. But I don’t really know if I would do that. I might be numb and do nothing. I might just run. All these responses must go through everyone’s mind.
We hear stories of courage, of fear, they are all human stories.
In our relatively comfortable, easy western world country, with an old English looking city like Christchurch, it hits hard. We are not used to this level of devestation, disruption and destruction.
It has slowed me right down, I feel mindful, careful of how I treat others, and myself. I know humans are incredibly resilient, and Christchurch will recover.
It is an opportunity for us all to focus on the most important things in the world, our families, our fellow human beings, community, and friendship. Kia Kaha Christchurch.