22/2/2011 Christchurch Earthquake, Remembered…

22/2/2011 Remembered…

One year ago today at 51 minutes after 12 noon, a powerful earthquake rippled across the ground under Christchurch, its earthen waves flattening many concrete buildings, shattering century old stone churches, and leaving 185 people dead, some not found until long after. I stood in the wind on the 22nd floor of one of the few remaining tall buildings inChristchurch, waiting, listening…

At 12:51pm I heard it…one lone church bell ringing… I watched from above as people all around the city stopped what they were doing and stood still, listening, remembering…185 times the church bell rang, one of the few remaining bells inCanterburyCounty…

I had 22 paper airplanes with me, and sent them soaring one by one as the bells rang. Each one was carried off by the wind to places unseen and unknown. The spirits of both the living and the dead are alike in this way, barely knowing from where we have come, and even less, where we are going. And all are carried off into the winds of a living mystery.

Living spirit! Love the living! Living spirit! Learn from the dead!

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