But lately? It's a little overwhelming. The whole Egypt thing (sorry Tunisia, we didn't get as much coverage about you), which of course segued into Bahrain and Libya and Yemen and who knows how many countries in that region. That "little" earthquake in Christchurch, protests in Wisconsin, our own very combative governor in New Jersey (he's a jerk. There are even some of his policies I grudgingly agree with, but the guy's a jerk).
And now Japan.
It would be heartbreaking enough to see the pictures of the aftermath of a HUGE earthquake. Then you add on a truly biblical tsunami. We could stop there, thank you. I can't imagine the horrors those people are living through right now.
But no, now they have impending nuclear disaster to deal with, as well. And while I know (here in my safe suburban intact house) that the worst case scenarios you are hearing on the media are more than a little on the sensationalized side, they are living with even more fear and uncertainty and a justifiable mistrust in what their government is telling them.
Whatever religion or higher power you believe in, or even if you don't believe, take a moment and think prayers/good thoughts for all the people struggling right now, whether in Japan or Libya or New Zealand. I don't know that the world is more tumultuous than it was 100 years ago, but we are certainly more aware of it now.
I did receive a little ray of hope today, though. When I was filling out the online donation form for Doctors without Borders, the captcha (security words) that came up were "ndstedi calm".
And steady calm.
Something to remember.