Look Away: I decided a long time ago to never look at car accidents when I was driving by as being distracted could only make things worse. I could slow down traffic or bump into someone if I wasn't paying attention and thus cause another accident. I knew something had happened obviously, but seeing it up close, the detail, the wreckage, wasn't necessary. In the case of what is taking place in Japan, I feel that this is a good time to look away. We know what's going on. Limit it to the periphery of your vision and instead, focus on the ways in which you can actually help in the recovery effort and healing. For example:
* Reach out to friends in Japan. If you know someone there, send them an email or a call letting them know you're there for them. See if there's something they need or just be an ear as they go through such a difficult time. ATT, Verizon and Vonage are offering free phone calls to Japan through the end of March.
* Donate to the Red Cross. Every organization out there is helping to facilitate the donation process. Discover Card is letting you donate your Cash Back Bonus to Red Cross, and if you text REDCROSS to 90999, you make an instant $10 donation which will be reflected on your phone bill.
* Look for ways to help in your community. Sometimes we feel so overwhelmed by the world news that we forget about what is happening in our own backyard. Look for fundraisers taking place where you might be able to volunteer to help raise money or gather goods that can be donated to Japan.
* Lastly, pray and be grateful for your own safety and the safety of others. Stay in a mindset of gratitude and hope. The world is hurting right now, but you have the opportunity to help heal and restore peace by being a vessel of strength and compassion as you move through your day. Together, we can create little moments of grace around the world, and help to give it some much needed relief.