Tuesday, March 13, 2012

All Is Not Lost

366 days ago could also be understood as Day 1. How does a person, a family, a community, a country, a world rebuild after devastation rocks and drowns all that seemed normal just twenty-four hours earlier? How does one go on?

One year and one day ago millions of people in Japan were faced with this horrible decision after the earth shattering 9.0 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami that shattered life as they knew it. How does one go on?

Day 1. The beautiful people of Japan taught the rest of the world about kindness.

Day 1. The beautiful people of Japan taught the rest of the world about perseverance in the face of devastation.

Day 1. The beautiful people of Japan taught the world about giving.

Day 1. The beautiful people of Japan taught the world about strength.

Day 1. The beautiful people of Japan taught the world to reconceptualize the way we think about community.

Day 1. The beautiful people of Japan taught the rest of the world about love.

The beautiful people of Japan started rebuilding a shattered self and country, soaked with sadness, on March 12th. They sent a message to the rest of the world that all is not lost - far from it really. They taught us that "what lies behind us and what lies before us really are small matters compared to what lies within us." They've been teaching us these lessons every day since. Day 1 is now day 366 and while millions far from Japan seemed to mobilize to help, it was the resilience of the Japanese people that led the brilliant movement. All was not lost.

The fascinatingly talented group, OK Go, illustrated in beautiful human harmony a visual to remind others that being part of a community reflects that all is not lost. In their human message (literally) crafted for Japan, their story is one to honor so much of what the Japanese taught us (i.e., the rest of the world).

Visiting their site (through Google Chrome), you can type any message you'd like to share with the Japanese community. We shared this (and yes, that's people spelling "See Beautiful"):

It is suffice to say that the Japanese will continue to rebuild, an act that will take a very, very long time. Everything is far from back to "normal" but the wonderful people of Japan continue to show the world that all is far from lost. 

If you want to learn more about ways to continue supporting those affected by the Tsunami, visit our previous post HERE and if you're interested in ways socks represent beautiful in relation to Japan, revisit our important post HERE. We're certainly not finished supporting and rebuilding, but this is a thank you to those in Japan who taught us that moments after the world has taken all, all really is not lost.

Thank you, to every single person affected by the earthquake and tsunami. We think of you often and continue to be honored to support you. You are loved.
Are you looking for a tangible reminder to see beautiful, or know someone who needs one? Check out our See Beautiful products (and feel good knowing a portion of proceeds from every purchase is donated to charity. This month a portion of all proceeds will be donated to Life Vest Inside. Click HERE.  



  1. Oh I love that see beautiful.  Can't believe that was a year ago.  I remember seeing it on the news and they all had positive things to say, it was amazing :)

  2. It seems so long ago, but to those suffering I'm sure it's still with them every day. I thought the Japanese handled the situation beautifully - no looting, helping each other...they are very resilient.

  3. whenever there is a crisis like this i tell the kids...always look for the helpers...they are always easy to find.

  4.  You are absolutely right! Those exuding kindness are always present and making an impact! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy seeing beautiful!

  5. It's hard to believe it's been over a year. We remember the moment we heard on the news. We were so inspired by the beauty they shared with others in the face of devastation. We learned so much from them. Thanks so much for stopping by and happy seeing beautiful!

  6.  We completely agree with you - every ounce of their resiliency was absolutely amazing and inspiring. Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy seeing beautiful!


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