Japanese earthquake reminds us life is a precious gift

The deadly horror that struck parts of Japan today seems unimaginable to lucky Americans like me who have been insulated from war, starvation, deadly diseases, and natural disasters.

But our world is dangerous. You could get hit by a bus tomorrow or diagnosed with cancer. And, beyond car crashes and hurricanes, there are possible disasters you probably haven’t even contemplated, like an eruption of the super volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park and nuclear war triggering nuclear winter.

So, please take precautions to protect your family and neighbors from dangerous drivers, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, house fires, etc. At least have smoke detectors, first aid kits, a fire extinguisher, a sump pump, a supply of emergency food and water, a plan for where to meet, etc. We can’t eliminate risk, but — by planning ahead — we can reduce our vulnerability and mitigate a disaster’s impact.

Most of all, we should regularly stop to appreciate how many blessings we have and what a gift life is. Undoubtedly, you have disappointments and stresses in your life, but most of us spend too much time worrying about the negatives in our lives and too little time enjoying the many positives.

Posted by James on Friday, March 11, 2011