Isn't that what everyone searches for - a stable home, a safe place, shelter from the storm? When a runner scores in baseball, they've made it 'home'. Someone who is level-headed has their feet on the ground. Terra-firma is so reassuring to sailors and astronauts and pilots and little kids climbing trees. Things that are durable and reliable are 'rock solid' and those sorts of folks are 'earthy'. Everyone just wants to be grounded, get their hands in the dirt, play in the fields, take the high road - any analogy you can come up with.
But we were reminded today that the Earth is not the stable, reliable place we like to think it is. It is an active thing and we're just along for the ride. The quake that hit Japan yesterday reminds us all of this, especially those of us who live here on the Pacific Ocean in the "Ring of Fire". Christchurch, Tokyo... one day it will be Seattle's turn. We're 10 years past the last quake and it wasn't a big one, not like what awaits us.
But, for now, we'd like to extend our thoughts and wishes and condolences to our friends and family members and customers who've been affected by this quake and its afteraffects.
We live on a pretty little blue sphere, one that looks so beautiful and peaceful and supportive from space. Beautiful, yes, but not always stable.