This has been a challenging week. There’s something about an anniversary. It makes us think about what has gone before us, and to reflect on what we have experienced in the meantime.
I stood and watched the ceremony at the Memorial Wall from above the wall. It was very well arranged. The only issue was that we couldn’t hear a thing, other than the Army band and the spectacular singer who accompanied them.
We will have all read the stories which were printed, and spoken, over the past week. One article by Steven Moe stood out to me. That was about the businesses which have arisen over the past 10 years. There has been very little coverage of this movement and one which we need to follow up at the Tuesday Club. Here’s how the article concludes:
We may not have a “normal” city, but perhaps that shouldn’t be our aim. Perhaps we should continue on the road less travelled, nurturing the new types of businesses that are grounded in the resilience, innovation and social impact that can only be learned through hard times.
Here in Christchurch, an ancient remnant of native forest rises above the city at Riccarton Bush. The trees were shaken 10 years ago, but they still stand as a symbol of strength and endurance. The earthquake may have devastated Christchurch, but the experience has contributed to a resilient city; standing as a symbol for others around the world for years to come.