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Monday, March 14, 2011

Frozen in Time

They must have been caught in the freeze. Or did they die in the midst of procreating?

Life is so tenuous. So temporary. I am thinking of those who are suffering in Japan and New Zealand, still suffering in Chile and Haiti....Give what pennies you can.

The Earth is a harsh mistress and benevolent mother. She provides us with everything we need. But the price of admission for existing on this beautiful, living planet is that when she yawns and stretches, we humans suffer. I doubt there is any place on Earth that is entirely free of possible natural disaster. Hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, they happen because Earth lives. And because we live on Earth we are left to deal with consequences. Someday the caldera that is Yellowstone will explode. Someday the San Andreas Fault will make a big move. Still we build our lives by rivers, below dams, along coast lines, on fault lines, on open plains.

It couldn't be otherwise. We humans are like that, tenacious, determined, stubborn, and courageous. Those who survive natural disasters and human atrocities pick up the pieces of their broken lives and keep on living.

In the midst of breaking hearts and tears, we breathe. It's called Life.

20 comments:

  1. And there's not much to add to what you've said here.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  2. Yes, lovely thoughts Bish. A fitting tribute to the potential the human spirit carries within it.
    Judy (South Africa)

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  3. Well put, Bish. It's strange to think, but a lot of things that make places perfect to live on, make them dangerous too.

    :-)

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  4. It is indeed called life but it's nice to have the ability to talk it out with others and share our hurt and frustrations when we are the one's who are left behind to cope.

    Fantastic post Bish! Always so insightful.

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  5. Love that pic! Yes, indeed its life. I've posted a tribute on my blog today. Hard to focus on writing with such a huge disaster in the background.

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  6. Just posted something similar. I'm not feeling very courageous! Sometimes it's hard to put these events into perspective.

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  7. Well (and beautifully) said, Bish. I love this planet so fiercely, but I fear her, too. This is a tenuous time for all of us.

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  8. This whole post was beautiful, Bish! But that last line caught my breath. Beautiful.

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  9. Beautiful post. So well put. You're right about people and how stubborn we are. I live right beneath an active landslide in a major fire zone. But the ocean view is worth it. Right?

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  10. Life is indeed fragile. Beautiful and fragile. I think part of the beauty of our world comes from how easily it might all be broken.

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  11. Suzanne, We live where we want to, we simply must be aware of the consequences.

    I think you're right Tabitha. The fragility of life should make us more appreciative, more compassionate.

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  12. What an insightful post. I guess all these calamities are part of the circle of life. Just as frogs are there to keep the population of flies and insects from getting out of hand, we humans have earthquakes and floods to remind us of mother nature's awesome powers. My heart goes out to the people in Japan, New Zealand and Chile. I can only hope I have their strength when such a disaster strikes California.

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  13. Well said. It was such a relief to discover today that the village of 9000+ folks that no one had heard from finally were able to communicate and are all right for the most part. One bit of good news in a terrible tragedy.

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  14. So beautifully written, Bish. Thank you for this.

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  15. You've said it all and you speak for all of us. We still breathe. It's called life. Great stuff and very thought provoking, Bish. :)

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  16. Lovely thoughts here, Bish. Very true and moving.

    Just wanted to pop in to also tell you that you won my giveaway! Could you email me your address so I can post the book out?

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  17. This is a lovely song and poem about the human spirit and earth mother's unpredictability. Thank you for sharing.

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