Reflection

The Mother Earth

Whom would you remember in time of panic? Whom would you call to talk to in time of emergency?

Only yesterday evening an earthquake of 6.7 magnitudo struck Jakarta. I was in the office, on 23rd floor. As soon as we realized that the building was swaying, I saw my colleague rushing back from the meeting room holding her laptop. She and the other colleagues then took their bags and belongings and made themselves ready to get down. We were all in panic.

The Mother Earth is searching for its balance.

I said to them to stay, remain seated and not get down because the building was still swaying. It took a few seconds. Those few seconds was felt to be so long. We could feel the building was swaying. I remember I was calling ‘Oh God!’. I pushed my chair back to a pillar behind me. I then leaned the chair to that pillar. I remained seated and silent. I tried to recall what to do for a safety. I didn’t have much time to think and decide. I remembered that pillar was one of the strong parts of a building.

Very soon I saw everyone in the room was holding their smartphones and their eyes were looking at the screen, they might be searching for information of the earthquake. One of my colleague who was sitting next to me tried to call her kid at home to make sure that he was safe. Looking this scene in front of me, I said to everyone ‘Remember God, remember God!’ My colleague said ‘Yes, I am praying. I am remembering Him.’ She might be remembering God while remembering her family member (her kid).

During that moment, I remembered God and the earth. The earth was searching its balance. It was shaking and we call it an earth quake. I reminded myself of how much the earth has been supporting and giving life to me. It is just rightly to call it the mother earth. We owe so much to the mother earth.  It is very obvious that we have to serve the earth. We have to help the mother earth. But how could we do it?

When the swaying stopped, I packed my stuff and my laptop and I went down to the lobby of the building. I saw many people were already there in the essamble point. I continued to keep the mother earth in my awarness. I was sending my good wishes for her.

7 thoughts on “The Mother Earth

  1. So glad to hear you’re alright! I’m just reading about the earthquake. I had a similar experience in Ottawa, in 2002, while working on the 18th floor of a high rise building. But my earthquake was only 3.4. Still, the building swayed, and computers shook, we didn’t know what to do. I had a group of close friends at the time, and we all jumped on email and started sharing “Did you feel that??”
    It was more exciting than frightening. Here in Canada we’re on pretty stable ground compared to Indonesia. But earthquakes can be very scary, and a reminder she can shake us off at any time.

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    1. You are right, Monica, this land is not stable. Earthquake may happen anytime. Hopefully I can remain stable inside when anything happens around me. The 5 elements are showing signs that they are not OK. Let’s help them with our good thoughts and good feeling. 💖

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  2. Wow what an experience, glad you are safe! We experienced only one earthquake and that was when we were in Montana a few years ago and it was not a good experience, you have no control over Mother Nature and it can be intimidating.

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