a Photographic Journey by Meryl


There’s a pervasive idea floating around that ‘there’s not enough.’

Since I was a little girl, I’ve lived with that fear…fear that one day I would lose everything, the food on the table, the shirt on my back, the roof over my head. That was the mantra, the refrain running beneath the rhythm of daily life. Perhaps it’s because I’m a “baby boomer”; my parents lived through the depression and World War II including the devastation of the Jewish people.

These days, as an adult, there are grave concerns: more genocides, dwindling energy, unemployment, erosion of beaches, climate change, extinction of many plant and animal species, etc. It’s difficult to avoid the facts and messages threatening our safety and well-being. Yet despite all that negative news, there’s a contradiction that gives me hope, keeps me going. Somehow it seems that there’s plenty to go around; power and resources shift, innovations develop, but somehow we ultimately adapt and make do.

The other day I heard a story on Marketplace on National Public Radio about Japan’s “over-the hill” economy, stagnant for twenty years; how they’ve lost their edge to the Chinese. Most reports make us think that the Japanese must be depressed and dejected about their demotion, their loss of economic power, because after all, who wouldn’t want to be number one?

Here’s the thing: when you go to Japan, it doesn’t feel like some boarded-up shack of an economy,” according to Marketplace. “Restaurants give tip-top service, even though there’s no tipping. Kids commute to school themselves, it’s so safe. The only jaywalkers seem to be the foreigners. On a modest Tokyo shopping street, many elderly say for all the talk of lost decade, the quality of life in Japan is good.

The Japanese continue to enjoy one of the most advanced societies in the world, they have what they need, which is plenty…

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©Meryl Spiegel 2012–All rights reserved–No reproduction without permission.

3 responses

  1. Jose Poleon-Henry

    Yes… the trauma you faced coloured your world.. but trauma does not lie in truth, not the truth about whom we really are inside. It is normally about what we would have needed and never got, not what we got! It is also about other peoples’ pain and their inability to solve their own riddles and find healing, meaning and true purpose. Finding your purpose and living it plus facing and accepting the truths about your past and what you cannot change, allowing the grief and blues to roll on in and then reconciling and letting go through living the life you are meant to live, brings healing. It’s not about leaving the trauma behind, it is leaving the power of it behind and then the world won’t latch no to you with all the colours of your trauma when things and peoples’ choices for their own lives, that have nothing to do with you, end up triggering something in you!
    Keep on doing what you do and seek for healing by living a life of meaning and purpose and then you will prove to your past that you are worthy or truly living! That is what there is plenty of.. PLENTY of GRACE to keep living! I find your blog interesting! I am launching my blog soon here in word-press too! Take good care!


    June 10, 2012 at 6:43 am

    • Thank you Jose for your very thoughtful comments…what you say is so true and has taken me many years to comprehend…after gathering the courage, it is through this blog that I’m channeling my purpose and transforming all that negativity into a positive force that I hope has some meaing for others. You seem to have a similar perspective and I look forward to reading your blog…thanks again for all that encouragement!

      June 10, 2012 at 8:16 am

      • Jose Poleon-Henry

        You are very welcome! It is always good to talk about life and to share perspectives……. 🙂

        June 20, 2012 at 7:21 am

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