My wife, Chino and I arrived back in Japan on April 21 after our 3 week refuge in Australia.
I wanted to write this post much earlier, but caught a nasty cold the day after arriving in Japan which is still lingering as I type this!
Although my Australian family were afraid of us going back to Japan after only 3 weeks, our assessment on the situation here was positive and safe enough to make the decision to come back.
We had a great relaxing time in Oz… and minimal internet access! That was due mainly to the internet speed being so terribly slow that I found it hard to even check my email!
Anyhow, it wasn’t a bad thing. It was a good reason to stay off the PC and enjoy the almost perfect weather there every day and catching up with friends and family.
Even though it would have been great to continue the ‘vacation’, the world is still turning so we have to get on with our lives and do what we can to help the country we love.
Japan needs us!
This has been the worst disaster to strike Japan since WWII. To recover from it, it needs all the support it can get. Just by being here, we’re helping the economy and helping those around us.
The image above says “Ganbatte! Japan” which translates to “Hang in there Japan!”. As we’re part of Japan, we’re hanging in there with the rest of us.
The damage the 3/11 catastrophe has caused us and millions of other people will take more time to recover from. But we’re taking things one day at a time and each day, and things are getting a little more normal every day.
Still, earthquakes shake the ground all over Japan on a daily basis – but mainly the north-east region where we are. Actually, a fairly big one just hit a few minutes ago while writing this post!
Earthquakes can’t be avoided or predicted (although not many occur in Australia) but we can prepare for them – as with almost any disaster in life and business.
Are you prepared for when disaster strikes?
Think about what you can do to prepare for disaster, whether it’s a natural, personal, financial or business disaster. Have you got recovery methods in place?
Life doesn’t always give us sunshine and roses, but we should appreciate it when it does and be strong and prepared when it gives us storms! Stay strong, don’t give up!
Stu Sensei Stirling