Thursday, December 30, 2004

Secondhand

My sister and I are on holidays together.
She works for the Federal Government.
Her specialty is trauma counseling.
She was contacted via a recall list yesterday.
She is on standby.

The fact that this government is prepared to send her (and many like her) to assist the people affected by this human catastrophe impresses me. It shows compassion and understanding.

In these circumstances I don't think there can be a position of doing enough.
I don't think doing everything humanly possible can ever be enough. However, if needed, she says she will go.

Some events are just so humanly unfathomable that surviving them becomes a process of assuring safety and then just being with a person to help them get through to the next minute and the one after that and the one after that...


5 Comments:

Blogger Le Driver said...

Alongside the monetary aid, food aid, and medical aid that those affected require, I wish they could know how many minds are with them, globally, feeling the tragedy as it happens and digging as deep as they can to help.

Bush has pledged next to nothing, his stinginess affecting Indonesia the most... great way to rebuild relationships with the Islamic world, eh.

11:25 am  
Blogger Taran said...

One minute, another minute, another minute... that's exactly how it works, too.

12:33 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Le Driver and Taran, your comments are so true, thanks.
My sister is brilliant and with whatever resources at her disposal she will make a difference. Even if all she does is, envelop people with her unconditional humanity and love.

5:53 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

The Pfizer pharmaceutical company has pledged more money to the relief efforts than the genrus Murkins.

5 hours of war in Iraq costs more than the aid commitment Bush has made.

Shame on you, America.

12:30 am  
Blogger Rantz said...

Tarna's words: "One minute, another minute, another minute... that's exactly how it works, too."

Bo0o0otiful, just bo0o0otiful.

Thanks for your words.

Rantz

8:56 am  

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