It's hard not to consider what has recently happened in Japan and it not effect you at some level. Even if it is to realize that what we spend out time on is quite insignificant.
You may or may not feel that there is anything that you can do to help the Japanese at this time (there are lots of organizations to donate to like Salvation Army or Tzu Chi)but there is something we can do in all circumstances, every day of our lives.
“I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.”-- Maya Angelou
It may seem insignificant, but in somebody's life it may make a huge difference.
If you aren't walking in their shoes, you have know idea how uncomfortable to them their shoes are.