This photograph in it's gripping simplicity has become a real point of perspective for me.
Honestly, there are so many things in life that I can be disgruntled about. Annoyances with a host of things from workplace frustrations, family dysfunctions, household repairs, civil rights issues, and political debris. Some of them not such a big deal, & others more urgent & genuinely irritating.
Then there is this photo. It puts me in my place, and takes me out of the moment.
This tsunami survivor is living in this school gym with a cardboard box, with hundreds of other people, wearing a mask to protect her from potential nuclear fallout from the damaged power plant.
Suddenly my issues are miniscule in comparison. My issues seem small & inconsequential. I can "shuddup" about my woes, because in the bigger scheme of things, there are others who have a whole lot more suffering & coping with their lives turned entirely upside down by natural disasters. So whatever my issues are, I need to put them in perspective.
Maybe I should give some thought to how I can help those people in places like Japan & Joplin, MO & other tornado stricken communities, because all of the sudden, my problems, which at times feel overwhelming, pale in comparison.