Weekly Photo Challenge: REGRET — and Resolve

Looking through this arch at the Hiroshima Peace Park reveals the skeleton (look carefully)  of the Genbaku Domu, the dome which  was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, the Atomic Bomb Dome has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing. It stands there to serve two purposes: as a stark and powerful symbol of the most destructive force ever created by humankind; and also as an expression of the hope for world peace and the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons.

When I went to Japan with my Japanese friend and her children, we spent weeks folding origami cranes until we had 1,000, the number required to make a dream come true. The many strings of 1,000 paper cranes adorning all the sculptures and memorials in the Peace Park especially in August, month of memory and regret,  represent dreams of peace. Visiting the Peace Park was a tremendously powerful experience, demonstrating that regrets are idle until positive energy develops from them. There is powerful positive energy here. It erupts even through the dismal scenes and artifacts of the first atomic bomb explosion, an energy that both sobers us, and lifts our spirits and strengthens our resolve to work for peace.

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19 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: REGRET — and Resolve

  1. jfb57 says:

    I like the other ‘R’ in this post!

  2. coolfeline says:

    That picture is great … a very profound take on the Regret [and resolve]-theme. I sincerely hope that the thousand cranes will help in the long run.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      It turns out that a thousand cranes take a LONG LONG TIME to make, and gives time to really meditate on what one (in this case actually several) is doing.
      I can tell you, though, Rebekah — resolve feels better than regret alone.

      • coolfeline says:

        that’s A LOT of cranes! :)

        You said something in another comment here, that I thought was poignant; ‘regret alone is crippling’. So true, one has to move on …I guess, the alternative would be devastating.

      • Touch2Touch says:

        And many people do live their lives devastated, at least in part, by regret —

        But regrets have force and energy, and that’s why they are so devastating.
        I guess what I mean is, simply letting go of regret in order to move on isn’t completely possible. Energy remains energy; something must be done with it. But if one ponders, and learns, and glimpses other good possibilities — that energy can become TRANSFORMED into resolve, which is a positive energy.

        (Of course I’m not advocating vendetta or anything like that, which is also energy!!!! but then only leads to more regret.)

      • coolfeline says:

        I could easily have become one of those, living in devastation at one point in my life. It’s so damned easy to spit out platitudes like “I don’t regret anything, it was all part of the learning procedure”. Of course, I regret lots of things and they sadden me. At some point though, I came to some insight about ‘letting go’, and that made all the difference. That turned it all into the positive energy instead.

      • Touch2Touch says:

        For some reason your comment triggered a memory of Edith Piaf belting out Non, je ne regrette rien!
        Such sheer power and defiance and vehemence — it never occurred to me to wonder what the woman behind the singer felt. Her life was filled with an awful lot of negative energy. You can see it clearly here in her physical presence —-

  3. Claudia Shuster says:

    Only wish impacting the political/economic needs in the world could be accomplished powerfully by informing ourselves and our resolve alone. So many other powerful elements at play (or should I say at work!)!

    Great that you are sharing the information about women and heart attacks – now here is where information can lead to powerful results!!

  4. tms says:

    This is a great and inspiring way to treat the theme; I like the pictures, and, as always, your thoughts, Judith! Thanks.

  5. Stef says:

    How long does it take to make 1,000 cranes? Just imagine if every person who wanted to hit, yell, insult (or deploy armies, drop bombs, etc.) were required to make 1,000 cranes before doing so. Instant world peace, I imagine.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      An interesting thought, Stef!
      Three of us began folding cranes on the Japan Air Lines plane going over. We enlisted everyone we met and visited with (and they were many, as the purpose of the trip was to visit Kazumi’s relatives and friends in our travels) and it took probably close to a month to finish the thousand cranes in time for our scheduled visit to Hiroshima. We went in August, and the whole Peace Park was arrayed with so many strings of 1,000 cranes. They were everywhere, an impressive outpouring of time and energy and intentionality from all over the world.

  6. suitablefish says:

    nice to see you back!

  7. jakesprinter says:

    Excellent post

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