Chances are, today you’re luckier than most.
You probably know where your loved ones are. You don’t have to look for them on the internet.
You can go to the grocery store and buy as much food as you want. You aren’t limited to 5 items at a makeshift outdoor supermarket.
You feel safe. You’re not worried about possible nuclear meltdown.
You’re in the comfort of your own home. You haven’t been evacuated to a shelter, leaving behind most of your posessions.
You’re healthy and happy. You aren’t part of a tragic, ever-growing death toll.
The tragedy in Japan is devastating to us all. The human suffering, the loss of basic comforts we tend to take for granted, the fear – it’s very humbling for someone as blessed as I am. I am safe. I have shelter, food and water. My biggest problem is my impending school exams. My suffering doesn’t even register on a scale. It’s non-existent. I don’t know what it’s like to experience loss the way that the people of Japan are experiencing.
Which is why, when disasters like this occur, I know I’m able (and more than willing) to help. I know that even $10.00 to help those who are suffering is money well spent. I’ve made a donation to the Canadian Red Cross (text “ASIA” to 3033, or click here).
If you’re looking for another way to help: Lady Gaga has designed a Japan relief bracelet, Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 has been auctioning off memorabilia via his Twitter feed, Apple is accepting donations on iTunes, and there are countless other humanitarian organizations to give to.
*Edit: Got another great tip from Shrutarshi Basu – check out the Salvation Army Japan T-Shirt!
I encourage you to help in any way that you’re able to. And while you’re at it, count your blessings. Be grateful for what you have, and be acutely aware of what others may not. Send your love & prayers to Japan.
Blessed, aware & empathic,