Friday, January 28, 2011

A sound of thunder

Waking up to news of the riots in Egypt I got that old familiar feeling -  that heart in the mouth, overwhelming sense we all experienced on Sept 11th-  that recurred for me during the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand and then again with the bombings in the London Underground in 2005 (and a few other times too depressing to list). That feeling that evoked the knowledge that life as we know it can change in an instant. And, that the safe world that we live in isn't so safe. So little could topple the stability of our world : one Private in the US Army could leak information to a news agency that could alter the precarious nature of international relations - like the butterfly effect. 

We do not  appreciate the stabilityof our lives here in America (and Canada) until it is threatened. And so many of us are blissfully unaware of the threat!

As I drove to work today and noticed all the familiar landmarks and buildings and the way the snow beautified some not-so-beautiful parts of Main Street I took a deep breath. And I thought how we all need to be thankful EVERY DAY. We need to appreciate EVERY DAY  that we are able to get up and go to work and be productive and then come home and have dinner with our loved ones.

I opened a bottle of champagne tonight with Bill. It seemed a little incongruous that I would open a celebratory bottle when the world is in such a mess. But, as Bill says, we'll be dead a long time. And we need to celebrate while we can. So... CHEERS!!!

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