With the rest of the world, I have watched the videos and news accounts of tragedy in Japan. As if the earthquake and tsunami weren’t enough, the nuclear reactor explosions and subsequent meltdown are creating an industrialized disaster of unprecedented proportions.
Meanwhile, I work daily with people who have their own metaphorical life shattering earthquakes – people whose lives have changed instantly by the unexpected loss of a loved one. They, like the people of Japan, are plunged into unimaginable horror as they watch the life they knew disappear in an instant.
What are the lessons to be distilled from tragedy? One lesson is simply that we have only this one moment. Our next day of life is not guaranteed, not a sure bet. In fact, our next moment may be incomprehensively different from all those before it.
So even as I send my prayers and energy and love to the Japanese and all those grievers who suffer their own private tsunamis, I hold onto this one moment – I breathe it in and I give thanks for it. And I’m going to make it a moment worth living.
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW is the author of
“Transcending Loss: Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and How to Make it Meaningful”
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