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We live in a world filled with noise, and distractions.  We lose track of the important “things” in life.  We wonder where our times goes, or when something changed.  We forget to listen to the wind in the trees, dance in the rain or feel the cold in the air.  Then, it could all end in a blink of an eye. . .

I’ve watched the videos of the tsunami in Japan, and seen the photographic images of the destruction.  Lives that were shattered in a fraction of a second.  A world filled with broken dreams, and lives cut short. . .it all happens in less than a blink of an eye.

In the first eleven years of this century, we have encountered several large events.  In 2001, thousands of people died in the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City.  In 2004, over 200,000 people died in a tsunami in Indonesia.  There have been several large Earthquakes in the China, Indonesia, Turkey and the Middle East.  Thousands of people died in these events too.  Last year, an Earthquake hit Haiti.  Over 100,000 people died.  A few weeks ago, an Earthquake hit New Zealand. 

Now, we have Japan.  A 9.0 shallow Earthquake rattles the island nation for ten minutes.  The island moves eight feet.  The quake affects an under-sea area approximately 200 miles long and 150 miles wide.  It generates a tsunami that travels 800 miles per hour towards the coastline.  People have only a few minutes to reach high ground, before the tsunami hits the coast.  It travels up to six miles inland.  It leaves cars and boats resting on top of three-story buildings.

The devastation is horrific.  It shows how small we are in this world, and how fragile our communities truly are against the force of nature.  It could be depressing, and over-whelming.  I think we must remember that it is something we cannot control, and turn to living each day to the fullest.  We only have control over our own reactions to events in our lives.

I sit here writing this, and contemplating the value of my life.  It’s not about me, or even what I do.  It’s about how we all choose to live our lives.  Is the end of the world coming?  I don’t think so, but I do believe that a change in how we live on this planet is coming.  It cannot continue to support greed and environmental destruction.  We need to change our habits, and remember that we share this planet with other people, nations and countries.

So, I quietly reflect on my place in the world.  I think that time with my child is more important, than the time I spend involved in my own issues.  I think that my small little family deserves more of my time, than people intent on spreading lies and deceptions.

In the end, it will not matter if I live in a million dollar house, drink organic juice, and have a maid.  What will matter is how much time I spent with my child, my family and my friends.  It will matter how I touch people’s lives with my time, words and artwork. . .

Love & Light to All. . .Karen

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