We happened to be up late enough last night to learn about the devastating earthquake in Japan and the tsunami and the warnings for Hawaii and the entire West coast. I thought of those who live near the beach, in particular my good friend Joan, who I just spoke with. She is already on the road and heading inland.
We realized depending how it hits, we also need to be paying attention so are up early, watching the news, and looking around at what we might take if we are warned to leave.
It was difficult to sleep after listening to how the reverberations from an earthquake like this circle around the globe. We are all affected, certainly by our common humanity but also literally by the waves moving through the earth. And, of course, depending on the size of the waves, we, who live along the coast and near the bay, may be impacted more deeply.
We've had warnings before and they've dissipated. May this be the same. It has been fascinating to listen to what we know about predicting a tsunami at this point, and about the buoys in the ocean, and I continue to wonder how anyone can think we don't need taxes and governments to put these warning systems in place. It is a day to unite the world. Once again, we are reminded we share one boat.