I have always believed in a threefold way of looking at the journey of life. I need to acknowledge the past, live in the present and anticipate the future.
In relation to the cathedral building I acknowledge the forebears. I go further and honour them, because for many years I have been a beneficiary of their efforts.
When it comes to living in the present, my life, like so many others, has been drastically changed by the seismic activity. Life cannot return to what it was. I live in a house which is to be demolished and hopefully rebuilt. This is just one of the constant reminders of the change that has and is occurring for so many.
The present situation, dominated as it is by change, is forcing me to think more and more about the future and try to anticipate what that might look like.