“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.” - James Joyce
So many things have changed after the March 11 disaster. Golden Week is over in Japan and, definitely yes, life is returning to normal here in Tokyo.
Many people lost their lives, loved ones, their homes and livelihoods. The world turned upside down for so many people that day. There are a very many who continue the struggle. Our prayers are with them.
“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” - Charles F. Kettering
Even for many of us far away from the epicenter of the disaster the effects are still being felt today.
Business in many sectors of Japan have been severely damaged and still haven't recovered. Due to this aftershock many people I know have had their incomes cut to the extremes and some have even lost their jobs.
Yesterday, I was floored to hear that one of my dear friends, who has been the program director at a major FM station in Tokyo has lost his position and has been transferred out. He was quite blue about it.
I know of companies whose entire business plan was tossed into the air due to the Tohoku disaster. I know some small companies that even lost over $1 million dollars due to the events of that day.
“They can conquer who believe they can.” - Virgil
Everyone must rise up and not be depressed. Better days are coming. Yes, we have lost much, but look at how much we have gained. We are stronger for this experience and it will help us grow into the people that we are destined to become.
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" - Matthew 14:31
Make no mistake about it; if you are one of the survivors then better days are coming and we are destined for greater things and greater personal glory. Believe in the good that is coming your way and have faith in positive thinking and positive actions. Do not despair. The best thing we can do for those people up north and the best thing we can do for ourselves and our children is to get our lives back together and get them back to normal.
Despair is not a healthy state of mind. Being busy, productive and positive are very healthy states of mind. It is up to you to choose.
We must always be thankful for what we have and be ever thankful for all the good things we are about to receive. Today is the first day of the rest of your life and it can be the best day so far if you make it that way.
Believe Onward and upward!
"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale