Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Time for Sober Reflection
Rain and 10 degrees plus today in a winter turnaround on the weather. Most of the mucky ice mounds are almost gone. Mucky weather reflecting the mucky things that are going on in some parts of the world today.
A colleague of mine is in intensive care through having contracted swine flu which got worse when pneumonia set in. It was touch and go I understand but I am delighted although he is still not well, he's moved to high dependency so he's on the mend - thank goodness.
A distressing news item tonight as a mother of a dead three year old little Birmingham (UK) girl who succumbed to swine flu asks a question why a jab worth just a few pounds couldn't have been given when she had asked for it and says that she could be alive today. I can't start to begin to imagine what that family is going through but my thoughts are with them tonight.
My thoughts are also with the people of the great country of Australia in and around Brisbane. 12 dead and over 50 missing according to news reports after a once in a hundred year natural event. For families whose whole life is overturned from normality their life will never, ever be the same again - it's the stuff of nightmares.
It's at times like this that any remaining faith people have is sorely tested. For religiously minded people, and there are a few who read this; I wonder how they approach this when asked (as I asked when I was a child to my parents in events of death and destruction) why does God allow this to happen. Please don't answer, and I have no explanations to offer either - I was never given a satisfactory answer.
The power of nature is beyond the wit of mankind. How can this kind of event be prevented or even mitigated against when the event is so widespread and catastrophic and so rare and unpredictable?
Of course it can't.
We have to live with it and the authorities can only do so much to prevent it; their expertise comes in in the aftermath - to protect and help the best they can with the resources they have - I wish them a great deal of luck. The public rely on them and need them.
A sombre blog to write tonight but felt I had to say what I am feeling. The realism of life brings one firmly back to earth.
I was given a gift yesterday, a little ornamental and decorated wooden box. This was on the occasion of my first anniversary of my Reiki qualification and was given to me by Maureen, my Reiki Master. This is my healing box. In it will go small pieces of paper with names of those people who need distance healing - healing for perhaps mental stress, physical discomfort and trauma - for those who need well-being or those who need to change their ways to be more positive to the vulnerable.
Tonight, there will be some more pieces of paper placed carefully in the box prior to my meditation.
Even if you don't pray, believe in God or a greater being, please send your thoughts to those who are suffering.