I doubt there is a person in NZ, or a NZ'er abroad for that matter, that hasn't been personally affected in some small, or big, way by the Christchurch earthquakes.
I wonder though, does everyone feel a sense of helplessness, or are we largely just getting on with life, not really fully understanding - or wanting to - the impact of it all? and is it in fact 'right' to go into mourning for this when there is so much life to be lived to the full right here in our own existences.
Do I, as a matter of respect, curtail some of my plans, or do I continue to live as I did yesterday and planned to tomorrow? Do I stay glued to the TV, keeping up with the news but also somehow compulsively drawn to the devastation, or just try to put it at the back of my mind and simply get on with the every day?
How can I actually help? Logging on to websites, listening to the updates, doesn't really cut it. Does giving money, even small amounts really make a difference?
The organisations I work for, both in the not-for-profit sector, both contributing directly to the welfare and (largely mental) health of families in Canterbury have given me some direction, i've contributed to some funds, made some phone calls, but is it enough...?
I do what I am able with the resources I have....and choose to be glad and thankful for my life here in my little town and all the blessings that go with it...