Sunday, March 20, 2011

Miracle Stories from Japan - Destiny at Play

As I talk about in my book "Why?", destiny plays a big role in our lives whether we admit it or not. In every catastrophe there are stories of miracle that defy logic. There are stories of survivors in planes that crashed where every one died except for four people (Japan Airlines crash, 1985). There are cases of miracle survivors in the Tsunami that took away 250,000 lives in 2004. And, now with this huge tragedy in Japan with the Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Plant meltdown, there are amazing miracle stories:

- A four-month-old girl who had been swept from her parents' arms in the shattered village of Ishinomaki is saved from the rubble three days later. How do you explain that? What is this girl supposed to do when she grows up. What's her destiny?

- According to AP, Ayumi Osuga was practicing origami with her three children, aged 2 to 6, in their single-story home in the coastal city of Sendai (pictured) when the ground started to shake. Then Osuga's husband called. "Get out of there now!" he yelled. Chilled by the brusque warning, the 24-year-old factory worker quickly gathered her children into the car and fled to a hilltop home belonging to her husband's family 12 miles away. Though her home was destroyed, Osuga knows she is lucky to be alive. "My family, my children ... I have come to realize what is important in life," she said.

- Sai Abe, a 70-year-old woman, from her toppled home in the port town of Otsuchi (pictured) Tuesday, four days after an earthquake-spurred tsunami tossed the house off its foundation in Japan's northeast.

- An 80 year old woman and her grand son were pulled alive from he rubble after 9 days!

If you know of any additional miracle stories, please share them here. I am sure every one would love to hear them. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Japanese Great Earthquake - 8.9 - You never know how quickly things change

Nature's fury has struck once again. A 8.9 magnitude earthquake just struck about an hour ago. Tsunamis are expected to hit Japan coastal towns as well as potentially many other countries. Live videos of Tsunamis really put life in perspective.;_ylt=AsvwB9ic5mQHsrfPbOHVIqes0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNqb2RuMzUzBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwMzExL2FzX2phcGFuX2VhcnRocXVha2UEY2NvZGUDbW9zdHBvcHVsYXIEY3BvcwMxBHBvcwMyBHB0A2hvbWVfY29rZQRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3J5BHNsawNtYWpvcnRzdW5hbWk-

The powerful and terrifying waves destroy everything in their path. Also shows you how meaningless our pitiful daily complaints are. Life is too short and you never know when it'll end. Enjoy every moment, don't worry about petty things or politics, prioritize what's important to you. Before it's all gone.