Once salty spiritually rich beaches embraced as symbols of bliss tinted life were flowing with boundless promise. In a swift finger snap an uncontrollable part of earth's equation masterfully washed over the land greedily devouring life in its powerful path.
Tsunami - a word I won't soon forget.
By Sherry Russell
An unsuspecting flash of a moment embraced all of eternity for those engulfed by nature's monstrous swell. The earth altering dogma-destroying tsunami is now a backdrop to the mystery of nature, mortality and rationality.
Once salty spiritually rich beaches embraced as symbols of bliss tinted life were flowing with boundless promise. In a swift finger snap an uncontrollable part of earth's equation masterfully washed over the land greedily devouring life in its powerful path. Our newscast has focused in on the grim faces of stunned people with stretched out arms frantic to connect with those who were being swirled away. We have become privy witnesses to the dark side of nature and to the excruciating pain of the human heart. Images of tear stained faces, swollen encrusted eyes and astringent gazes with mouths lockjawed in shock haunt the chambers of our heart. We can nearly hear the blood pumping through the victims' veins as they begin to bring diversity of experience and opinion together to make sense of how to confront what has happened.
It is shuddering to think that moments before people were tending to their daily chores innocent that this merciless ravager was about to spew with magnitude of force a killer wall of water. This is a crucial moment in time reminding us that nature didn't grant us an amended right to be safe from her ugliness. Nature, indeed, opened a cavity of oozing emotional, physical and spiritual sores that may take decades to soothe.
How can words sum up life being engulfed by nature? How can we wrap our minds around this natural disaster where one scene is more jolting than the next? It is hard not to have mind blindness. How can any of us perceive the mental and physical state of those affected and effected by this monstrous disaster. Staggering numbers of men, women, and children are desperately seeking the fate of family members. They are numb in their search with hope the truth of their loved ones will surface after the darkness of this trauma recedes.
It is natural to question why did this happen. It is natural for that primary emotion, anger, to pulsate under the skin as survivors try to warrior their way through shock, fear, sadness and resentment. Some people may cling to others while some will distance themselves in search for clarity. A few strategies to help survivors cope would include keeping communication on going and to have solid sources with correct up to date information. If a survivor must separate themselves from others for a task, they need to develop plans to stay and keep in touch. As difficult as it is, it is necessary to prepare family members for potential outcomes of situations. Making a checklist to help stay focused while writing down practical ideas for solutions is helpful for progress.
We, on the outside looking in, have a need to reach out and help this immeasurable human suffering. Yet, our words weigh light as the aftermath veils survivors with the stench of stagnant air thick with the decay of loved ones.
Outside of a collective sigh of empathy, what can we do? We can lower our heads in sorrowful acceptance of nature's power over us. We can burn up all the oxygen in the world debating how best to alleviating the pain of the suffering but it won't help. We do not have a magical solution for regeneration however we have many options to reach those who are in need. There are many organizations collecting funds, clothing and necessary personal items. Others find solace in prayer for those in need. The best way to help others, as well as to feed your own heart, is to volunteer your expertise and your time. Sometimes volunteering in your own back yard with those who are hungry, hurting or lonely initiates a ripple that continues on a course nudging others to do the same. It may not be your hand that reaches out and touches a victim of the tsunami but perhaps you can touch a victim of fire, hurricane, tornadoes, or flooding.
There are no rhinestone words to comfort the weary soul. This is only the beginning for the tsunami victims. It may take decades to rebuild their land and to rid fear from their core foundation and faith.
If truth flourishes under the darkness of trauma, I have say, I don't know what this truth would be. Writing suggestions is easy yet hard to live by, especially when disaster has temporarily gutted a human leaving only an empty shell numb from trauma. It is times like these we have to remind ourselves that we humans are remarkable creatures. We don't have to burrow into ourselves too deeply in order to find souls brimming with hope and compassion for our fellow man and we encompass a spirit wealthy in appreciation for our own lives. We do have unfathomable strength. We do have the ability to pick up the pieces and to move forward regardless of circumstances. It is imperative to recapture the brilliance each life radiates. We do have foundations of faith and ownership of our perspectives. We are able to devise workable road maps in finding and maintaining some control in our lives. We are survival architects.
I have unwavering respect and awe for those who find courage to be persistent and consistent in their commitment to allow each day to be the philosopher of yesterday as they move forward. Our stamina lies in our core values not in our material possessions. I'm reminded of a Japanese proverb that states "A single arrow is easily broken, but ten in a bundle aren't." I have wondered if it possible to be so scarred by an event that you no longer can be recognized as being the same person. If a person is isolated I do think it possible to have so many frailties exposed that the person becomes broken and desperate with grief. If a person is "bundled" by others, so to speak, with support, with solid information, and a compassionate society then it becomes clear that man cannot be broken.
As the death toll climbs, my heart reaches out to each individual grieving their personal loss. I am deeply saddened by the pain and anguish caused by natures outlashing.