BIG SHAKE 22ND FEB 2011
This is 10 days on, and I am not sure from which perspective I should or will express myself. It will be what I feel, but perhaps not from a particularly personal perspective, but more of a collective one. More likely a bit of a mish mash of both. Not sure. Dunno! Will proceed anyway.
12.47am right now, 11th day I guess, choppers flying overhead….heck…they’ve slowed down in quantity I guess….or have I slowed down enough to hear more of them? A lot of activity up in the air right now, 12.50am Friday 5th March.
What an absolutely bizarre and totally unexpected, hideous, devastating tragedy this gatecrasher of an earthquake is for our city and our people.
I would certainly not call it Soul Destroying. It won’t get any of that kind of Kudos from me. Our people’s souls are not destroyed by loss of property, homes, of being displaced for a while, losing jobs, income, security, the inability to provide the usual comforts for those we love, or for ourselves. We are bigger than that, each and every one of us I am sure, feel a far deeper loss than any that we may be enduring on a hardship or comfort level.
The loss of life in our city is what is hurting the people of
Each awful death reaches and touches so many. There are so many deaths. Christchurch
Each beloved person who has had their life ripped away, without any warning, has left so many grieving souls,….their own beautiful families, their friends, all of those who loved them, and those who admired them and respected them. It is not fair. This is true. But so also is the Truth that our people will NOT be destroyed by this. Not even while facing the most Huge loss of all. A Mother. A Father. A Son or a Daughter, (God bless the Mum from the Phillipines who endured her daughter’s texts from CTV with such helplessness, such anguish). A Brother or a Sister. A Granny or Grandpa. A dear Friend. None of us will be un-touched by the enormity of this tragedy. None of us will Ever forget these days we are living right now. This event will be the biggest thing in all of our lives, our memories, our hearts…..young and old…..for all of our days. This is the Measuring Stick.
is also part of these times, so recent, so tragic. Felt so deeply by us all. Pike River
Our people’s souls are strangely strengthened by these unwelcome, extremely challenging, ongoing, difficult, sad, inconvenient and horrific events. We may ask the question….WHY?? WHY us?...Why here? Why now? …after so much already endured? Do we even expect an answer?
We each have our own inner selves to look to, to find our answers. Do I have an answer? The answer? NO!! I do not. I have no religion or any new age stuff to preach to anyone. I just have myself, and my feelings right now, and my Trust. Who am I? Even the scientists and the Moony guy can’t explain this one. Leave all that to the talk back radio and the media.
What I know….is that the people of
the people of Aotearoa, the Spirit of our country, of it’s leaders…..( Canterbury John K and Bob P)….the amazing tireless work of the
rescue teams from all over the world and the Love and the help and the pro
action of thousands of big hearted angels who’ve given so much of themselves,
their resources, their hearts and their time, their donations of money, food,
water and stuff, and the whole spirit of our beautiful Country,…..phew what a
long sentence this is….. the solidarity for Canterbury and for what we are
experiencing, the energy of all the innovated money raising happenings, the
growing donations given anonymously by so many…… well to be perfectly honest,
it is humbling for me to be a Cantabrian.
It is a great honour to be here in this mess and to feel such
staunchness from the rest of .
What you are all doing with your fundraising for our City, and the
unselfish and accepting attitude I have encountered so far with regard to ideas
of how to help re-build Christchurch, well….I’ll tell you what…how I feel
tonight has a lot to do with Your
solidarity, as a Country. That is where
we gain our Strength. That is why our
Souls are Not, and Will Not be Destroyed by this nasty destructive natural
disaster. Thank you to all of New
Zealand for your Compassion, Generosity, Help, Energy, and Understanding
of our massive loss. New
WE SHALL NOT……WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED!!!!!