(a long chat in Skype when suddenly…)
Me: Cool right?
Dad: Oppa gangnam style
Me: HOW DID U KNOW THAT
A belligerent samurai, an old Japanese tale goes, once challenged a Zen master to explain the concept of heaven and hell. But the monk replied with scorn, “You are nothing but a lout - I can`t waste my time with the likes of you!”
His very honor attacked, the samurai flew into a rage and, pulling his sword from its scabbard, yelled “I could kill you for your impertinence.”
“That,” said the monk, “is hell.”
Startled at seeing the truth in what the master pointed out about the fury that had him in its grip, the samurai calmed down, sheathed his sword, and bowed, thanking the monk for the insight.
“And that, ” said the monk, “is heaven.”
The sudden awakening of the samurai to his own agitated state illustrates the crucial difference between being caught up in a feeling and becoming aware that you are being swept away by it.
- Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
Today I had lunch with the founder of my school. It`s the first time for me to eat with him, and it`s an amazing experience! :)
As a successful entrepreneur, he gave me tips on how to start my own business, what it takes to be successful, and so much more! I think he`s a capitalist, but he is not aware that he is one…and he talked so much about the Japanese culture that molded him up to his current state. Oh how I look forward to listen to more of his teachings!
I`m so grateful I got the chance to talk with him :) I hope I can talk with him again soon, this time with progress from my side.
I`m too tired to write details about my meeting today…but I`ve written everything he said in my personal note, just in case I ever forget his lessons ;)
One memorable word of the day: 儲. The Kanji reads `moukeru`. It means `to get an income.` This moukeru kanji has 3 components: 人 (person)、言 (words)、者 (goods)。His point is that to generate an income, you only need someone to do it, words to achieve trust from your subjects, and goods/services to offer. He emphasized that there is no element of 金 (money) incorporated in the kanji.
“You don`t need money to generate money.” お金も大切けど、必ずしも一番大事なものではない。
This is the only-one-in-the world hand-sewn pencil scarf. Arigatou~ it kept me warm today :) (at ミナミニューパンソン)
Purple rose sways on the bridge
Way above the shallow water
Beneath the cold, cotton heavens
White rose becomes green
As purple turns red
Red, red in love
- Neal Putrats