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Random Reminder...

Posted on April 18, 2011 at 1:35 PM

So here it is, the third Monday in April and we are officially in Spring. I have been busy with various projects, tasks, ideas, responsibilities; busy living my life and going through the standard routine. Ho hum, moving along on my daily path. And then I stopped for a moment when I was reaching to make a cup of green tea this morning. The tea bag label said "Japanese Green Tea," and those words jolted me in that unexpected way that you think something is wrong in your body.


I stared at the words and took a deep breath. I was seeing awful tsunami visuals. The water cascading. Floating, drowning cars and houses.  Relentless flowing currents. Flattened villages. The shocked faces. The little faces. The heavy, burdened faces. Long lines for essentials. With this little tea bag I was remembering the life changes so many faces to the East are undergoing right now.


I had forgotten for a short while. But now I remember.


As the water started boiling, I immediately went to the For Japan With Love website and donated another little $20 bill. It's not much, but it's something I can do right now and again in the next few weeks. Have you heard about the For Japan With Love effort? Conscious | Cool |Chic is a proud supporter (as noted in their incredibly long blog roll) and their results have been *miraculous* in the past few weeks. The initial goal was $5,500 and now they are at $62,000!! So inspiring, right!! I'm glad my little random contribution can help that number climb higher.


By the time my tea had finished seeping, my body had calmed again. I felt grateful for all the ways there are to reach out and help. I felt grateful for all the good people doing good work in the world. I felt grateful for the joint spirit of compassion and assistance. I felt grateful for this hot cup of tea that could be an instant reminder of my ability to help in even a small way.


I am out of Japanese Green Tea but have added it to the grocery list so I can send myself other random reminders on any given Monday when I am just going about my life.




Categories: Organizations, Personal Musings


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