Inspired Yet?

This does come easily to words, because it sounds frivolous. Chuck has inspired me a few times. That’s not something television strives for and it probably shouldn’t. It’s the realm of art, and even this show doesn’t have those kinds of pretensions.

Still, when I saw how Chuck paid attention to Sarah on their first date in a Mexican restaurant, I noticed. I also noticed how she reacted. The next time my wife and I went to have a nice meal, it was – different – because I was inspired to pay attention, which was something I should have learned long before, I admit. We’ll call it a life lesson.

When Chuck saved Morgan, sedated and trapped in the trunk of car with a bomb about to explode, it wasn’t the heroism writ large that was so effective. In fact, there wasn’t any of the “television heroics” we see so often, if you recall. Chuck just used his head and saved him without endangering himself. No, what was effective and even impressive was Chuck insisting to the woman who meant so much to him that Morgan needed their help and he was going to provide it. That’s why the cold assassin-spy, who had pretty much resigned herself to doing nothing but her job, couldn’t help but take his hand. His words, telling her she too had someone who cared, meant something.

Like most people, Chuck has had a hard time seeing himself as a hero. That’s not necessarily modesty; sometimes it’s hard to recognize that even the smallest actions have major consequences, often for good. Chuck is lucky enough to have someone he cares for willing to notice and remind him of that on occasion. And you know what? I do too. It helps if you’re trying to do the right thing.

Because of what’s happened this weekend, a whole lot of people on the other side of the planet need a lot of us to be heroes. No one I know (yet) is able to uproot everything and go there to lift rubble off of broken bodies, but that’s not what’s needed. That would be fresh water right now, and later food, medicines and other everyday supplies. Even as I type, they are on their way, along with the means to distribute them. But it’s the money to maintain the supply lines that will run out first. That’s where even a little help can have major ramifications.

The American Red Cross is the place to start. ABC news has also provided this list:

Japan Relief Donations

Save the Children: Emergency Relief for Japan Quake
Toll free: 800-728-3843
Text JAPAN or 20222 to donate.

The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief
Text REDCROSS or 90999 to make $10 donation by text message.

Salvation Army
Toll free: 800-SAL-ARMY
Text QUAKE or 80888 to donate $10

International Medical Corps
Text MED or 80888 to donate $10

Doctors Without Borders

Global Giving
Text JAPAN or 50555 to donate $10


– joe


About joe

In my life I've been a professor, martial artist, rock 'n roller, rocket scientist, lover, poet and brain surgeon. I'm lying about the brain surgery.
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3 Responses to Inspired Yet?

  1. BDaddyDL says:

    My wife and I realize how truly blessed we are to live in a country where we have the ABILITY to give more private doationa than any other. So I talked to her and we have alreay made a text call to the red cross.
    Please remember even if the nuclear power plants stay completely safe, a large portion of Japan will be out of power for a long time. IMO numbers of donations are needed.

  2. Verkan_Vall says:

    Thanks, Joe.

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