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Costa Rica, Japan



I returned from Costa Rica this Monday evening.

JACO, COSTA RICA ONE
Costa Rica TWO
Costa Rica THREE

Because of what happened in Japan, I can't even begin to think about writing anything about my trip. I am too horrified and heartbroken for the Japanese people, and can't help feeling guilty for eating, and sleeping in my home, when so many Japanese now have nothing, not even drinking water.

My constant prayers for Japan and its people!

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charliemc
Mar. 16th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
Bless you -- I know exactly what you mean about Japan! I can't stop thinking about those poor people...

(hugs)
playgirl
Mar. 19th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
It has been a few days since I posted this, and I feel even worse than ever by what I'm hearing and seeing on the news. I feel like I'm having a nightmare, and will soon wake up. I just can't believe this has happened to Japan, and I also know exactly how you feel.

hugs you back!!
watch_and_see
Mar. 16th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
Stop! There is no need to feel guilt! You did not cause the earthquake, tsunami or other sources of suffering.

It is good to recognize your blessings. Seeing what other people are suffering provides a contrast, lest you become complacent. That is fine.

It is good to feel sorrow, compassion and empathy for others that are suffering, especially through no fault of their own. BUT NOT GUILT.

Let this sorrow flow through you, through and out. Let it remind you of the fragility of life ... let it remind you of the many blessings that you enjoy. But do not feel guilt.

*stepping off my soapbox*

(((hugs to you, little girl!)))
playgirl
Mar. 19th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
I've taken your advice and stopped feeling guilty for so many blessing in comparison to what has happened to Japan.

I've suddenly started to feel anger, and will express that anger in a post soon.

As for that soapbox, I've made a much fancier one just for you, 'cuz I love it when you step on it and share your true feelings!

So many hugs Sweet-Tee-Pie!

ps I'll find a way for that user head to work. it's just like the one I picked for myself. Hope you like pink pigtails! heee
watch_and_see
Mar. 19th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
YAY you!

You know, it's a beautiful and human thing to be empathetic and feel sorrow and pain for other people's suffering. I have no argument with that. However, I am more Mr Spock than Captain Kirk ... and if all that suffering does not result in positive change, what good is it?

I'll never forget the raw anger I felt on 9/11. My husband was a first responder and, between that and my military experience, I remember having very strong feelings of BRING IT ON, MOTHER FUCKER! I WILL KICK YOUR ASS. I WILL FUCKING KILL YOU, SHOULD YOU THREATEN THE LIFE OF A FELLOW AMERICAN.

Ahem.

I apologise. I am normally irritatingly in control of my emotions ... responding cooly and in control of any given situation ... to the infuriation of my estranged husband, the amusement of the nurses I work with, and the bewilderment of everyone else. *shoulder shrug* WTF ... it is what it is, ya know?

So, my dear, your anger is fully understood. That is fine. Anger, very often, is the motivator of change.

(((hugs)))
hedoesntgetit
Mar. 16th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
You're such a good person.
playgirl
Mar. 19th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
From reading you, I've always thought the same thing about you!
{{hugs}}

walrus828
Mar. 16th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
i was up late watching tv on thursday night when the news starting coming out about the earthquake, and then about the tsunami, and now about the radiation. i havent been able to truly sleep since then. i feel so horrible about the whole thing. i saw the fog roll in today at work and i couldnt control my tears, the shaking of my hands or the nausea. at the same time i feel like i have been so lucky. my husband got orders for okinawa and we are set to head out there this year once he returns from afghanistan. we would have been there right now had this other deployment not come in first.
playgirl
Mar. 19th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
I continue to watch, and become more and more horrified. I pray to God that SOON, it will all be a sad part of history.

I will keep your husband in my prayers for his safety! And for you also, that He gives you strenght!
ayoub
Mar. 16th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
*love and hugs*
playgirl
Mar. 19th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
Hugs you with much love
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