Friday, March 11, 2011

40 Days Of Lent: Day Three

Woke up this morning to news of an earthquake in Japan, one of the largest ever to strike the islands, and attendant news and concerns about resultant tsunamis. It's seems unseemly to be writing or even thinking in my customary cheery way, yet that's how I feel. Things are not just going okay, they're actually going well. I don't hate my job, my current living situation is one of comfort, I certainly don't want or need for anything, my outlook has been upbeat. Maybe there's a certain naïveté to my current state, but lurking at the back of my mind is the awareness of how it can all change, the speed with which everything can go wrong. But until that happens, I'm going to appreciate things being good for as long as it lasts.

One of the people I work with is a bit of a Chicken Little. In 2008, when the stock market began to slide because of the overvaluation of e housing market, he ran around the office in a positive panic, just barely stopping short of predicting that soon we'd be eating our young. It was an entertaining experience. I was so enchanted watching his meltdown that I didn't even pause to worry about the fact that our economy might be imploding and we might be heading into a new depression. I find the era and the culture of the Great Depression fascinating, but that doesn't mean I necessarily want to live through one. After news of yesterday's disaster, he went online and found a wealth of information about the possibility of tsunamis striking the east coast on a website called Basically, if a giant wave heads towards the NYC area, we'll have time, but not nearly enough, to get to safety.

Even this news didn't alter my mood. I know I'm going to die someday, but for some reason, I just get upset about that fact.


wpbooks said...

Apparently, it's not the tsunamis that will get you, rather it's the radioactive cloud from the Nukes that meltdown as a result of the tsunami's damage! Now your office pal can really get nervous...glad to hear life is good!

Iva said...

Well, Laddie, I have to tell you that I cannot watch these "disaster" type shows...I can't sleep afterwards, knowing that you and Erin are there in the No. 1 target of the world. It is difficult enough to deal with "what is" than to try to cope with "what may be."
Of course, as I listen to the ABC news show tonight and Diane Sawyer is talking about trace elements reaching as far east as Massachusetts, I want to say, "Get over it!" We get too MUCH information/conjecture!