It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Things To Learn From Japan

from Encore ! Life


1. THE CALM

Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.


2. THE DIGNITY


Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.


3. THE ABILITY


The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.

4. THE GRACE


People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.


5. THE ORDER


No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.


6. THE SACRIFICE


Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?


7. THE TENDERNESS


Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.


8. THE TRAINING


The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.


9. THE MEDIA


They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.


10. THE CONSCIENCE


When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.


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