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It has been almost a week since the earthquake and it is hard to express our feelings on what has occurred.  From very real worry about our friends and business partners throughout Japan, to the impact it might have to Peter’s trip to the very real loss of life, livelihoods and future perils of aftershocks and radioactivity.

I have for days debated with myself.  Should I post some of the incredible photographs that I have seen of the event and conditions in Japan? After much internal discussion, I have decided to only post one photograph.  This is it.

 

A woman sits among the wreckage left after the quake and ensuing tsunami hit the Natori area in northern Japan. Picture: AP Source: AP

A woman sits among the wreckage left after the quake and ensuing tsunami hit the Natori area in northern Japan. Picture: AP Source: AP

 

Being a photographer and sometimes jaded by the number of photographs I have seen over the years, I know when I see “the photograph” that will be etched in my memory of this event.  What this photo invokes for us is destruction, loss of life, grief, confusion, chaos and loneliness.  What isn’t so apparent in this photo though but is in our hearts is that this young woman survived.

The fact that she survived brings us great joy, to the point of tears, that she will have a life.  A future family.  A future happiness.  That one day the sorrow seen in this photograph, though never forgotten, will recede over time much as the waters of this event.  Leaving an indelible mark but one that fades over time.

So one can look at this photo and be lost or overcome in grief and sadness.  We want to look beyond what is shown in the photograph to what is unsaid.  Life.  The absolutely incredible gift of life.  We know that we will never meet this young woman but somehow we are inextricable linked forever in spirit.  The will to live. The joy to love.

For all of this KJ and I thank our Creator.

We hope that all of you will take a few moments this week to reflect on this incident. May we find joy in those around us.  May we be a bit more patient. Work less.  Focus on relationships.

With warmest regards,

Sam and KJ

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