Monday, 18 January 2010

thinking of others

Today's blog is dedicated to the people of Haiti - so much human tragedy and suffering, on such an epic scale.  Our thoughts are with all those experiencing this crisis, including the international medical support, search and rescue teams and humanitarian aid workers on the ground. And not forgetting those coordinating the aid effort from afar, including my friend Angela, who is facing her own personal loss at the same time.

Thinking of others living and dying in such tragic and horrible circumstances puts our own problems into perspective.  It makes us realize how fortunate we are in so many respects, notwithstanding Steve's diagnosis which hangs over us like the proverbial sword of Damocles.  

We all need to help and support each other at times like this. Back to mundane reality next blog...but a philosophical thought for today:

"We cannot live only for ourselves. 
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects." 

Herman Melville
American novelist

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