With the world’s attention rightfully focused on the disaster in Japan, I am not surprised by Jamie Ridler’s Wishcasting Wednesday prompt. I am, in fact, grateful for it. Wishcasting has been my weekly practice for nine months or so. In the course of that time, I have found that it has had a profound effect on my life. Is it magic? Is it prayer? Or is it just focus? I don’t know what it is, but it gives me a sense of a power greater than myself. It has also opened me to relationships with women around the world. (I way women because for the most part the wishcasters thusfar have been women.)
But the internet can do that, can’t it. It can make the other side of the world show up in your own living room…in your lap…in your face. And this week as we have had the devastation of the natural disasters show up in our faces, I have found myself recoiling from the pleasures and joviality of my everyday life. My body started hurting…I felt ill.
I must confess that my knee jerk reaction was to pull away and try not to think about it…to disconnect. Was it self-preservation? Was it denial? I don’t know. I feel helpless. That is the honest truth.
As a counselor, I sit with individuals everyday who are at the edge of life and death. I witness their struggle to come out on top. And for some, they won’t. They can’t. Not the way we might think they can….or even HOPE they can. There are things, powers, systems that sometimes put our lives just out of our own reach. And we sit with the pieces and wonder, what happened!? And those around us want to make it all better.
I can’t make what happened in Japan better.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t have HOPE. And it doesn’t mean that I won’t lend a hand, invest in their reconstruction, or offer a prayer….many prayers. It means that I have to sit witness to what the people in Japan do to create meaning out of this. And then that I must celebrate their creation. Human beings are AMAZINGLY RESILIENT! And it is my wish that the world will hold onto that hope during this crisis….that the world will hold out a helping hand…that we will await the beauty that will arise from the chaos….and to resist the temptation to turn away from what is difficult. Let us be witness to their struggle, so that when it is all said and done, they will know they were not alone.