"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty;

not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some."
Charles Dickens

Friday, December 31, 2004

sad news...

Something else that I feel compelled to write about is the devastation caused by the tsunami and earthquake of Boxing day. So so so many lives lost!

Many are still in shock over this disaster while many others consider it simply news .. something that happens only to OTHER PEOPLE.

We have never experienced anything but tame waters in Malaysia and have taken much for granted. Well, no more! Since 26 Dec, we have seen that it can happen to ANYONE!

The idea that life goes on despite this disaster irks me... that I can live each day NORMALLY, use the pc, go home and use a remote control gate, water my plants... shouldn't life change? I feel guilty that I have these comforts and feel fearful at the thought that I should even consider volunteering to help the victims by taking the next plane there, or driving them back to house them, feed them or anything...

Yet, I believe it is what we should do...not what others whose JOBS are to do this like policemen, army personnel, etc... Instead, we send some money, some old clothes, shoes in the hope that at least some will reach the victims and they can use our discards!

What can we do then, aside from swallowing the guilt or just have nil conscience about it? Make that change, I say! Go out of our way in some way. If it means giving sacrificially that is.... at least a start!

Prayers? What to pray for? How to pray? Pray that relief will come on time, diseases will not spread, every red cent donated will reach the victims instead of opportunists, freeloaders, the victims will be able to get all that they need and more, people who are capable of helping will actually come forward and render it! (including me!)

Let me not live my life simply as a spectator...

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