Jun 23 2012
My puppy looked at me with her wide brown eyes as the house shook violently. It lasted for awhile–not one of those quick shake the house earthquakes. In the past, some of our animals have detected the potential earthquake, wanting to go outside before the house shook, but Lulu doesn’t have that ability. This was her first earthquake and it scared her. She didn’t understand why the bed shook violently. I grew up with earthquakes. In school we had earthquake drills and air raid drills. Now I know, from my own teaching, that these drills were just to do something with a large class, because if you are being invaded by the enemy crouching under your desk won’t help you a bit. (In the eighties I stood out with my class lined against the fence for many bomb threats.) I was reminded of what Lao Tzu once said, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them–that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” The thing to learn from earthquakes is you have no control over most things in your life–it is only your reaction to events. Embrace change and tuck into your soul that life is nothing but a series of natural and spontaneous changes. And if there is a major earthquake, stay away from falling objects.