It's hard to tear myself away from news, footage, tweets and FB updates on the devastation happening in Japan. I feel so saddened and worried about what I see and what could come. Having lived there and still in touch with many good friends and colleagues over there, I feel helpless, yet I admire the strength and will of the Japanese to work together in a time of crisis.
At times like this, you can't help but look around yourself and see your life in a clearer perspective. I'm looking out the window - sun is shining, sky is blue. I've got a beautiful family - healthy and thriving kids, a roof over my head, food in the fridge, clean water to drink, and clean air to breathe. I'm thankful for everything at this very moment. We need to reset ourselves when we get wrapped up with the stress and angst of career overload, financial strains, or the trivial things we tend to focus on.
It's also a time to lend out a hand for those in need. If you'd like to make a donation or contribution for disaster relief, here are some links to the main reputable charities:
If you want to find more on donating, check Charity Navigator.