In the wake of the 6.3 earthquake in my hometown Christchurch, I began Operation Heart. We have now pegged around 100 hearts around the city. On these hearts are written messages that we hope will inspire and uplift those who stop to read them.
I love the words of C.S. Lewis: “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”
Putting one foot in front of the other is what we Cantabrians are going to become very good at in the next few weeks and months. For those of you that live outside of Christchurch, please continue to cheer us on. Don’t stop.
There is a long journey of recovery ahead of us.
However, the essence of what it means to be a Cantabrian is still the same. And as Ghandi stated, the culture of a city or nation “resides in the heart and soul of its people.” Our buildings may lie in ruins but our hearts remain strong.
Stay strong my friends,
Photography by Nathan Adams