Across etsy (across the world) people are making donations to the relief effort for Japan. In the case of etsy, these offerings may seem small-- perhaps insignificant in the face of the enormity of tragedy, devastation and loss that has followed the earthquake-- and yet, I believe in the small. I believe in the individual. I believe that small shifts can create great transformations just as I believe the bucket is filled drop by drop.
Yesterday, I saw that Abby had put up "spring memory" on her etsy site and wrote, "Like many of you, I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that struck Japan. Eight dollars from the sale of this print will go directly to the American Red Cross for their Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. I shot this one spring morning in Portland with my vintage yashica. It gives me hope, and couldn't we all use a little hope right now?"
So, I bought ten copies and am offering them to you. If you leave a comment (and PLEASE leave an email so I can get your mailing address) here before 10am Saturday morning EST-- I will do a random draw for 10 of you and have your copy shipped directly to your home.
Yes, this is a tiny gesture that can in no way allieviate the horror, the pain, the grief of what the people of Japan are experiencing right now. But there is no one thing that can undo the devastation. And if, collectively, we all shift our hearts, our thoughts, our prayers and know we are all in this together-- well, it's a beginning, it's a strengthening-- it's something.
And the beauty in this image is something we can all reflect upon, daily.