It’s been a month since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and it still preoccupies much of my attention since it’s still affecting several of my friends. I was actually supposed to go to Tokyo in April to explore the dance scene there, but had to shelve those plans in lieu of the disaster. It somewhat left me in limbo location-wise, but if you’ve been watching my Twitter or Facebook posts, I’ve been coping decently by sublet-hopping every month.
It’s been a month, but slowly the world shifts its attention to more “pressing” matters, such as the tanking economy, high gas prices, and conflicts in other parts of the world. Japan’s tragedy was news then, but it’s not so much news now if you’re not Japanese. Should our focus wax and wane depending on where the media attention is? Hey, whatever happened to Haiti?
News media is steering our attentions wherever they want and that’s a strong reason why I don’t follow the news. If something’s important, it will reach me somehow.
It’s been a month, but as we return to our daily scheduled lives, we shouldn’t lose sight of our empathy, our human nature, our connectivity with everyone near us and around the world. That we take time to break bread with good friends or family. That constant mundane tasks such as doing our taxes, getting groceries after work, and generally maintaining our comfortable lifestyles doesn’t define our lives. (For more on this, I recommend reading the “Urgent vs. Important” section in the book The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People)
Two weeks ago, I attended the funeral of a friend younger than me. It wasn’t pleasant, yet it served as another reminder to not take for granted your loved ones and to live each day as if it were your last. I converged with several friends whom I haven’t seen in years, and