August 9, 2013 § 4 Comments
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”
— Walter Anderson
It’s been a trying week. There have been many unsettling thoughts in my head. Another year of getting older is approaching, I can only reflect on how far I’ve come since returning. It seems like nothing has moved on paper wise, but I had met and made heartfelt relationships. Some with more hellos than goodbyes, and others become indifferent with time.
While understanding ichi go ichi e (one time, one meeting), I can’t help to think of the values of my daily interaction with people around me. At times, I just want to cherish moments with loved ones or a stranger, and slowly take the occasion to appreciate their soul. Beyond the skin, beyond the magnitude of personalities and judgements.
Because after the moment has passed, however long or short it may be, there will not be a chance to encounter the exact same feelings again.
In the midst of it all, I have been indulging in some local delights and making more gluten free pancakes on my days off. Bringing back some lovely childhood memories and quietly enjoying the little times by the markets.
thankful for the sweetest notes from mum and spoon, to scoop happiness into cups, from the talented & loving Ly