Day 2 of the new earthquake era

Wet roof over a wet city and one bare foot raised in a tai chi kick.

Doing tai chi as rain sets in. Good morning world!

Well, it’s about 60 hours since the big earthquake and my short exercise in expressive writing has already done its magic. In my last blog post I vented my secret thoughts and feelings, no matter how embarrassing.


3 meditation apps

Last night I slept brilliantly for nearly six hours and dozed nicely for two more, aided by a passive meditation with the little blue man (Andrew Johnson’s meditation phone app).

Then the morning routine begins. Meditate, ah, breathe slowly—nice. Then tai chi on the deck as rain set in—nice. I finish like this, hoping the neighbours don’t hear me:

“Good morning, world! What can I do for you today?”

Quick as a flash, the world replies: “Stop whinging.”

“OK. Got it!”

Yet again,  writing has done one of its magic tricks. Ruled a line under self pity—because I did my whinging well and truly, out loud, on this blog. And because the world (meaning you, dear readers) heard me with compassion, and validated me in my weakness.

So now I can stop whinging. I like to think I have turned my angst into energy.

Right. Time to get back to work. I love that…

13 thoughts on “Day 2 of the new earthquake era

  1. kiwinana says:

    I don’t think you were whinging.
    Hope things work out for Wellington, they could do without all that rain and flooding.
    Enjoy your day writing, excellent for stress.

    1. Thank you: all is well, plus it just stopped raining.

  2. You have a positive attitude to negative events.

    1. I was born that way, Dave!

  3. Amy says:

    I’ve been finding it too hard to concentrate to write. I had a good nights sleep last night and that made the world of difference, so maybe some writing tonight.

    1. Good luck, Amy!

  4. Robyn Haynes says:

    Not whinging, waving to fellow humans.

  5. Nice! Thanks, you human Robyn.

  6. I love your writing style, and I am glad I stumbled upon your blog. It sounds as though you had the right to whinge (though I wouldn’t call it that.) I’m glad you’re okay and feeling the energy return and transform into something positive. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you for this friendly boost! My weekend has started very well and I hope yours is great too.

  7. Joared says:

    Just catching up here — hadn’t realized you were in New Zealand — and I recall hearing about your “big one”. Glad you were okay. Am in the U.S. in Southern California — we’ve been told for several years to expect our own “big one”. Am hoping if it comes my electric stays on so I can write.

    1. Oh yes, you are also on the Pacific ring of fire so you know all about it. In fact, Wellington (always presumed to be earthquake Central) still hasn’t had its own “big one” — we just got caught by Kaikoura’s big one. So the future is still a bit shaky.

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