Tuesday, March 15, 2011

a strong voice...

A photograph amidst rubble in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan
A photograph amidst rubble in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan

“I’ve been walking for many hours now. I’m touched at how everywhere I turn, there are shops open with people shouting “Please use our bathroom!” or “Please rest here!” There were also office buildings where people with access to information were voluntarily shouting out helpful tips, like “**** line is now operational!” Seeing things like this after walking for hours and hours made me feel like weeping with gratitude. Seriously, there is still hope for this country!”

— A big, kind voice - japan tweeter
(Source: twitter.com)

“I went out last night to help some friends who were volunteering as security personnel between Machida City and Sagami Ohno City. I saw total strangers, both young and old, helping each other along everywhere I turned and was heartened with an overwhelming feeling of encouragement. I was so touched I hid behind the toilets and cried.”

— The beauty of helping one another - japan tweeter
(Source: twitter.com)

“I just came back safely from the supermarket! Man, I was so touched at how everyone there was mindful of others, buying only as much as they needed and leaving the rest for the people behind them.”

— At the supermarket - japan tweeter
(Source: twitter.com)

“It was cold and I was getting very weary waiting forever for the train to come. Some homeless people saw me, gave me some of their own cardboard boxes and saying “you’ll be warmer if you sit on these!” I have always walked by homeless people pretending I didn’t see them, and yet here they were offering me warmth. Such warm people.”

— Card board boxes, Thank you! - japan tweeter
(Source: twitter.com)

“This earthquake has reminded me of that Japanese goodness that had recently become harder and harder to see. Today I see no crime or looting: I am reminded once again of the good Japanese spirit of helping one another, of propriety, and of gentleness. I had recently begun to regard my modern countrymen as cold people … but this earthquake has revived and given back to all of us the spirit of “kizuna” (bond, trust, sharing, the human connection). I am very touched. I am brought to tears.”

— Reminded of the goodness of the Japanese people - japan tweeter
(Source: twitter.com)

“Yesterday, I was impressed and touched by the actions of my neighbor’s 13-year-old-boy. He was home alone when the earthquake hit. But instead of hiding, as soon as the earthquake quieted down, he jumped on his bicycle and rode around the block repeatedly shouting at the top of his voice, “Is everyone alright? Is everyone okay?” At the time, there were only women and children and the elderly in the homes. I cannot describe how comforting it was just to hear a strong voice asking if I was okay. Thank you!”

— A strong voice - japan tweeter
(Source: twitter.com)

image and quotes all found at the wonderful tumblr blog:
THE MAGNIFICENT LIFE OF PLANTS

15 comments:

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

Thank you Sophie, this is so moving, it brought me to tears.

Fern said...

Thank you for introducing me to that lovely blog.

sarala said...

Very moving. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Zeran said...

that was one of the most touching things I have read in a long time. Thank you Sophie! I have been so worried.

novembergrass said...

Such grace. Such care.

novembergrass said...

Such grace. Such care.

Sophie Munns said...

Hello everyone... Woke at 5am and my mind went to Japan... got up and switched on the computer and found all your comments waiting and felt the gladness of being linked in this way via the blogosphere ... knowing how we are all needing to grieve over this, even from afar...
This gesture from tumblr "the magnificent life of Plants " was so quietly eloquent and fitting.... it allowed tears to flow ...and feel with the Japanese people... and all those who are there at the moment from other places!

Sally,
I'm so glad to have found and shared this ...thank you for responding - I felt the same!
S

Fern,
such a pleasure to share the source of this gesture to the beautiful people in Japan.
S

Mary,
it goes to the core yes? That worry I can relate to... SO MANY now trying to find shelter, safety, water, food... deal with the nuclear issue ...on top of all the loss... wondering... in that cold...how will they come through?
S

Sue,
yes and yes!
S

Sophie Munns said...

Sarala,
I missed posting your comment from emails first time around... thank you for your response.... lovely to hear form you!
Sophie

Sharmon Davidson said...

This is so moving, especially the one about the little boy. It gives me hope. thank you.

iNdi@na said...

blessings all round.

Sophie Munns said...

Thank you Sharmon
something powerful about that boy and his spirit and clarity of mission!
S

gracias India...
blessing indeed!
S

La Dolce Vita said...

moving and uplifting Sophie, methinks that the reason for tragedies is to remind us of our connection to one another, something that we seem to take for granted in everyday life.... loving compassion expands...xx's

Sophie Munns said...

Makes sense what you say Caterina...
It can seem to be the peculiarity of we humans that collective (or individually experienced) dark days bring us out of complacency... the most elemental things no longer just there for us...!
I do think some are more often is this space of responsiveness - whether its brought on by character or something life-changing...
Those who's working lives involve going into disaster zones amaze me really...thats a whole other thing...
much to chew on!
Lovely to hear from you!
S xo

Mlle Paradis said...

thank you for this post sophie!!!! you know already that we so needed this post. of course it's this gentleness that made the world love this country and its people before this awfulness happened.

i just so hope that they can figure out a way to head off the next disaster.

Sophie Munns said...

So hard to watch isn't it MP...
when I found this on the Magnificent tumblr I felt immediately "yes!"... it must be shared.
Hard to comprehend the snow and freezing conditions for people without homes, and if still in homes, without access to so much we take for granted to keep warm and nourished...to be all the while waiting for news on the missing, contemplating losses of every kind..and to have that potential ticking bomb of the nuclear reactor!
Time feels both slowed down and speeded up at the moment while we even watch and wait from afar...
I noticed you had dilligently spent this week making an emergency kit in case of earthquakes and such...
smart idea... under threat we dont think that quickly and its impossible to assemble what we need.
Lets hope you never need it.
4.0 earthquake of the coast of far north Qld...almost unheard of really there... nothing to be taken for granted at this time.They've been having floods on top of earlier Dec floods and January cyclone!
So yes... to be reminded of the grace of these japanese people is so poignant at this time!
S x