Before we recognized the enormity of nature’s attack on Japan, we agreed the Japanese were so well organized, prepared, and competent, they could handle it all well. Then the bad news continued to build and we saw the potential.
Then we began to hear about the Japanese, how they expressed love and concern in their care for others. Yes, the world has and is responding to help in every possible way. But still, it is the resilience and perserverance of the Japanese people that is so amazing. In all my international travel and business, I have never worked with a people so dependable and good for thier word. I drive a Toyota. Here are some sayings or quotes pertaining to those brave people:
起死回生 (kishi kaisei) Literally: Wake from death and return to life
Meaning: To come out of a desperate situation and make a complete return in one sudden burst.
継続は力なり。 (Keizoku wa chikara nari) Literally: Continuance (also) is power/strength.
Meaning: Don’t give up. Just continuing to hold on will yield/reveal strength and power. Continuing on after a setback is its own kind of strength. Perseverance is power.
雨降って地固まる (ame futte chi katamaru) Literally: after the rain, earth hardens
Meaning: Adversity builds character./After a storm, things will stand on more solid ground than they did before.
And finally from William Shakespeare
Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.
As You Like It Act 2, scene 1, 12–15