I can’t sleep, so I’m blogging an idea. While I was in San Francisco this past weekend a client had to cancel an appointment due to a local tsunami warning. At the time I wasn’t aware that there was one, and then as I was reading the news all weekend I started following what was happening. Reading about it and seeing still pictures made everything in Japan seem dire, but it wasn’t until I got home yesterday that I had reliable enough internet access to go into more depth. Seeing the videos yesterday afternoon of the enormous destruction in Sendai and other parts of Japan has made me nauseous with something that isn’t guilt, but which is still a nagging kind of draining emotion that I cannot quite describe. I really feel the need to reach out and make some kind of gesture to help.
I have come up with an idea, and I want to invite you to help me. I don’t know who “you” is, but hear me out, and if this proposal speaks to you, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is my proposal:
I would like to send a $1,000 donation to Red Cross or one of the other internationally recognized aid organizations operating in Japan during this triple crisis of earthquake-tsunami-nuclear meltdown. I propose lowering my overnight rate from $1,200 to $1,000 on a new booking. If you and I have already scheduled an overnight, it has been budgeted into the costs of that particular trip, so I need this to be a new booking independent of anything I have scheduled up until now. To ensure that this $1,000 goes to the aid work in Japan, I am happy to work out an arrangement with you such that you see the actual donation when I make it.
Whether you participate in this particular plan of mine or not, please consider what you might offer to help. Even if you cannot send money, please at least take a few moments to be thankful. If you are reading this from a place of security, safety, and comfort, please at least take a moment to send something positive from within yourself out to Japan.
Seeing these videos was like watching a child play with toy boats in a bath tub. We are so delicate. At any moment we can be swept away into chaos by any number of factors. Japan has been very generous throughout the many crises over the years involving natural disasters and other humanitarian efforts. The people of Japan deserve the support and comfort of humanity in return during this time of upheaval. Also, Japan is the third largest economy in the world: If the Japanese slide back into recession as a result of this destruction, they could drag the world economy back into financial instability just as growth is puttering into positive numbers. We all benefit by Japan recovering from these challenges as quickly as possible. We are all interconnected, so helping others will ultimately help you as well. Please help in whatever way you are able!