Some of you know that my son , Justin , was in Nepal on April 11 for a school journey around Pokkara, the Annapurna mountain range, and of course Kathmandu.
The devastating earthquake in Nepal on April 25th has sent some minor tremors though our household especially in terms of talks on death , gratitude and contribution
As we sat for dinner yesterday, I asked him how he felt about the earthquake, the devastation and the fact that he was actually in Nepal less than two weeks ago?
He looked at me, stared a moment ( as teens do when an adult asks a question) and shared that it is “really sad, it really is bad” and he and his school companions are planning a “bake sale” at this school to raise some money for the survivors in Nepal.
I asked him if he has been in touch with his guides or teachers from the Pokkara based adventure company and he replied that everyone from this team in Nepal are safe though many of the people have family and friends in the capital and that many have returned to the city to see what help they can provide.
I then asked what is he feeling given that was so close yet so far from the tragedy? He thought a moment and shared that he felt “ grateful and sorry at the same time.”
My eyes flickered as his comment registered in my mind – “ sadness and gratitude and more gratitude and more sadness “. As my tears started to well up at the gratitude that I was feeling just knowing that Justin was safe in Singapore, the tears ducts opened up as my empathy and compassion oozed waves of sadness , tears of sadness, and the feeling of pain for my Nepalese brothers and sisters who are mourning the loss of their beloveds in Nepal.
As the feeling sank into the pit of my stomach, the tears poured out , “tears of gratitude and sad at the same time”
Tonite Justin asked me what else can we do to support or help the survivors?
I asked him if was ok to share this note. He agreed and I thought , while I have contributed a little bit, I feel that I would like to do more to assist and support our brothers and sisters in Nepal.
I have loved Nepal since my first visit in 1999 and Justin was actually with us in the womb of his mother as a three month old fetus.
What has the last four days taught me?
As a father, my sons safety is one of my highest values.
As a human being, I know that if love a stranger as much as I love my own flesh and blood this world be a better place.
As a father, I can focus on taking care of my own family and friends and all will be fine or will it?
As a human being, we are all brother and sisters and what is mine is theres or is it?
How many of you can bear to see the suffering of the beautiful people of Nepal? How many of you wish you could do something for them, in some small way?
Let me know by commenting below to see what amazing way or ways we can contribute to the survivors of the Nepal earthquake
Standing United for Nepal 2015, may we contribute and assist with the rebuilding of the nation.
PS – overcome your fears of speaking at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIDV0gCbeXA