“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever…” Isak Dinesen
In the aftermath of the events that devastated Japan yesterday, help continues to pour in from around the world. The New York based Japan Society.Org has created a dedicated page for donations and information. The Red Cross has initiated a relief fund with similar updates. Causes Exchange compiled a list of 10 non-profits offering aid. Many people around the world and in Japan are helping even as they try to maintain some normalcy in their lives. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all affected in the various prefectures.
Bloggers Cocomino and Kristy are fine and shared their experiences of the events in Japan. Same with amblerangel. Megumi and others are safe; they are sad about the events too but appreciate and are grateful for their own safety. One thing becomes apparent, time ticks on, gathering our memories, sweeping us all forward to meet our own destinies… As we move from the dark winter days to the approaching longer and lighter days of spring and summer, lets appreciate the time we have alone and together.
Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13 and that means, in countries that observe the tradition, we lose an hour of sleep, while gaining longer spring and summer days through November. On the east coast it goes from EST to EDT. We will be changing the time on our clocks soon, setting them an hour ahead… I am looking forward to the longer daylight time and the coming of spring… a release from darkness and sadness to love and light.
Of course, I am cognizant of the sad fact that there are others around the world who won’t have this option and how important it is for us to cherish our time… We must stop worrying about our petty stuff and value the time we have. Dinesen says it well, that difficult times help us maintain perspective about what matters. We can let go of the small stuff and look at the bigger picture; love life while we have it. Below is a poem by Mary Oliver. It is on anticipating things to do even with our knowledge that time is ephemeral… What are your thoughts? Have a blessed week ahead.
“Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do, with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver
Time: Walking to Oak-Head Pond, and
Thinking of the Ponds I Will Visit in the
Next Days and Weeks
What is so utterly invisible
not the wind,
not the inside of stone.
And yet, how often I’m fooled-
I’m wading along
in the sunlight-
and I’m sure I can see the fields and the ponds shining
I can see the light spilling
like a shower of meteors
into next week’s trees,
and I plan to be there soon-
and, so far, I am
just that lucky,
my legs splashing
over the edge of darkness,
my heart on fire.
I don’t know where
such certainty comes from-
the brave flesh
or the theater of the mind-
but if I had to guess
I would say that only
what the soul is supposed to be
could send us forth
with such cheer
as even the leaf must wear
as it unfurls
its fragrant body, and shines
against the hard possibility of stoppage-
which, day after day,
before such brisk, corpuscular belief,
shudders, and gives way.
Positive Motivation Tip: Make the best use of your time… It waits for no man.
- Springing Forward (spotsyhome.com)
- Time to spring forward for Daylight Saving Time, so get more sleep – Detroit Free Press (news.google.com)
- Daylight savings- time to spring forward! (bellinghamsandwich.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Colorful Spring Flowers by Anita Martinz via Flickr & Wikipedia;
World Line in time past & future via Wikipedia;
Photo of Students in India offer Japan support by Amit Dave Reuters & Caved-in Road in Satter Saitama Prefecture by Saitama Shimbun/AP/Kyodo News via Boston.com
“Walking to Oak-Head Pond, and Thinking of the Ponds I Will Visit in the Next Days and Weeks” by Mary Oliver, from What Do We Know. © Perseus Books Group, 2001.