With all the good we have going on our lives...great food, meals, families...when something like the cyclone in Myanmar or the earthquake in China happens, even though it is all over the news, we still are somehow disconnected. But sometimes I think it our responsibility to connect to what's happening, if only to remind us of how incredibly fortunate we are and also to realize how others suffer these life crushing blows.
I was thinking of this while listening to this amazing report from NPR's Melissa Block who is in western China reporting on the devastation. This heart-wrenching story (click on the "listen now" button to hear) tells the story of a couple's desperate search for their almost two year old son and their parents in a collapsed apartment building. I was on my way home from work, parked in front of my house, and couldn't get out of the car until it was over. When it was I had tears running down my cheeks. It takes 11 minutes of your time, and you'll hopefully never forget it.