What do you do when disaster strikes? Not directly, but from afar. Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, Islamic Terrorist attacks? Here’s IFO’s response to a question from her spiritual advisor:
My first response to a horrible event is to try to get as much information about it as possible. Having information gives me a sense of control.
Then I touch base with my own reality. I communicate with friends and relatives, not only to talk about the event, but just to let me know that normality is, well, the norm.
Then, as the horror seeps more deeply into my consciousness, I pray, asking G-d to bring comfort to the stricken, the harmed and the bereaved.
Then, I sit up, take a deep, cleansing breath and try to return to ‘normal.’ This can take hours or days, depending on the degree of shock. Normal is enjoying my surroundings, baking bread, cooking comfort food, playing CDs of my favorite music.
What do you do?