Wise Words: Standing Up.



“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

~ Japanese Proverb

With everything that has been going on in our world recently, flooding, hurricanes, volcanoes, and now the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, it’s easy to fall. It’s easy fall, and it’s even easier to stay down.

A good thing about being a westerner in China is that I don’t watch television. I don’t see the news, the sensationalism, the fear based headlines or the warnings of armageddon.

I have a friend living in Japan at the moment, thankfully she is fine, but she is feeling a lot of  frustration with the sensationalism of the news being shown around the world, as it is only focussing on the worst case scenarios, causing her family so much worry and anxiety. Not to mention the fact that she herself doesn’t know what to believe, with conflicting stories and a lot of misinformation going around.

If I was back home in Australia while all this was going on, I would be sitting in front of the TV, frozen in fear and too overwhelmed to be of any use.

Even seeing all the tweets about what’s happening, and what people think of it, is way too much for me. All it does is bring me down. I can’t help anyone if I’m down.

My heart breaks for all the people who have lost their lives, and the survivors who have lost their homes and loved ones. I fear for my friends who live in Japan and for myself as I am so close to the destruction. I fear the future and what challenges mother nature will bring us next. I want to help as much as I can.

But focussing on the news, the pain, and the fear only serves to weaken us.

If we are going to get through this, we need to be strong. We need to be strong just as the people of Japan are being strong. They are showing us what we need to do.

They have fallen, but they are standing back up.

They are the people who are in the most danger, the people who are suffering the most, but they are also the people who are handling it the best. They are focussing on what’s most important, and they are getting things done.

Most of all, they aren’t losing hope. They are opening their hearts. And so are we.

I read an amazing post written by a woman named Anne, who is living in Sendai, a town that has been completely devastated. In this inspiring Letter From Sendai, Anne is full of love and gratitude for everything she has, and writes about the powerful change that is occurring in our world right now:

“Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed an enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide.

My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don’t. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.”

If Anne can be right in the middle of the destruction, and still see the good that is shining through the rubble, and even feel how the world is evolving as a result, then surely we can too.

Focussing on the love, the kindness and the compassion that is being shared during this time is the only way we can get through this, and become stronger, wiser, more awakened people in the process.

It’s time to stand up.

“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.”

~ Ivy Baker Priest


Good News:


A four month old baby was found amongst the rubble, alive and well, 72 hours after the quake and tsunami hit. Source.


More Good News:

Daily Good: Human Spirit Rises to Meet Japan’s Tsunami


How You Can Help:


If you are able to donate, Jen Fromal and I have set up a donation page for the American Red Cross Earthquake Relief on our fundraising page for our 30DaysOfBeauty Project.

Here are some other ways you can help:

Tonic Blog: How You Can Help

Roots Of She: Sending Out Love To Japan

Lady Gaga has designed a prayer bracelet to support Japan, with all proceeds going to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

The image at the top of this post can be bought as a poster, with proceeds going to the Red Cross and Save The Children.


Stay safe, think peace, feel love.

Jen ♥

7 responses to “Wise Words: Standing Up.

  1. Jen – this is so true – last Friday I sat immobilized in front of the TV – in shock at the images and caught up in the “event”. And yet as I read your post and this lovely, lovely letter, I realize that my viewpoint has changed over the past few days – yes, I am still so sad for the loss of so many, but I also know this is a huge opening. A chance to be a part of the re-do! Thank you so much for this clear view of what has been so muddled.

    • Thank you, Karen. With all the fear and ‘predictions’ of what will happen next that I’ve been seeing not only in news reports, but from people on facebook and twitter too, I needed to remind myself of the good that is coming out of this time. And as I continue to stumble across more good news, I will add it to this post. You are right, this is a huge opening, and I’ve seen so many people talking about it – it’s growing. One woman in Japan (whose article I added under ‘More Good News’) said:

      “During the big quake, all I was able to do was give gratitude to nature and to dear earth. There was no fear. But just feeling of oneness in what ever happens. …perhaps crisis can give birth to new evolution. We are trying to send as much prayers, as much positive thoughts and action to help each other through this.”

      It’s amazing how much we are opening up because of this. As my friend in Japan said, there is more reassuring news out there, we just aren’t seeing it in the media.

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Karen 🙂

  2. Jen,
    Read the letter From Sendai, simply amazing. Thanks for all you do!

    • Hi Tess! I was so moved by that letter that I just had to include it. It provides such a refreshing outlook on the devastation, one that provides hope for the future. It’s an amazing contrast to what’s being shown on the news, to get ratings. But more and more people are abandoning the news and seeing the good coming out of this, which is reassuring.

      Thanks for stopping by! 😀

  3. Hi Jen!

    This post was quite moving to me. I especially loved this:

    “They are the people who are in the most danger, the people who are suffering the most, but they are also the people who are handling it the best. They are focussing on what’s most important, and they are getting things done.”

    I do believe that God would usually give hardship to those He knows are able to handle it. The Japanese seem to take His challenge in their own stride and are coping really well.

    Great job on the post Jen!


    • Hi Shaheera! So happy you stopped by! 🙂 I’m glad this post connected with you, and I definitely agree with you. The Japanese are handling it all in such a peaceful, honourable manner. We can learn a lot from them.

      Thank you so much for reading!

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