I'm joining Service Space because ... I have been and continue to be inspired by the joy found in folks who give from their hearts, who do just because they love....there is big love and big hearts within/amongst those connected with servicespace!
A good day to me is when ... there is a lot of laughter from the belly
My hero in life is ...my grandmother, Mutsuko
My favorite book is ...the little prince
One thing I'm grateful for is ... my health, my friendships, my curiosity...(I know I know, one thing, but actually this could amount to a long page a day :-)
Sep 22, 2017 This came in my email today - beautiful and stunning- uplifting as tears flow. Subject: Volunteers from Japan to help in CDMX Earthquake. From a friend - Arrived into Mexico City airport this afternoon and in the baggage claim a huge team of Japanese rescuers all in orange jumpsuits, serious and determined, ready to get to work, with their mounds of equipment, and the most moving moment, forgive me for crying, when one Mexican man began clapping and wordlessly the entire airport area joined in slow rhythms and all one could hear was the sound of human hands in solidarity and with profound gratitude for this human to human gift, clapping in unison for 5 minutes. And the Japanese men bowed their heads. Profound beyond words.
Sep 21, 2017, 4 smiles Beautiful and Simple responses from our Karmatube facebook community to the question - "What made you happy today? Not who, but what made you happy?" • My son coming home and sharing with me what they're discussing in his Jr. College class (he usually doesn't do this!) • Seeing my mum come out of hospital • Babysitting my granddaughter Aaroo • Opening my eyes • Having a hug with my daughter • Prayer • Accomplishment at work • Appreciation • Rain made me thrilled • Decluttering my cupboard • Being grateful
Sep 15, 2017, 1 comments, 13 smiles It's always so nice to receive heart felt messages of appreciation. This one is directed to DailyGood but really it is for us all :) "Dear Daily Good folks, I have been receiving your daily emails for quite some time now. The last few months I have been going through some challenging times with family relationships and my need to recognize behaviors of mine that have been damaging and unhealthy. Several weeks ago I began a practice of reading your DailyGood emails every day (something I had not done consistently in the past) and have been amazed at how exactly they were saying things I needed to hear at that moment in time. Today's was so "spot on" that it made me stop and reflect on how incredibly supportive and healing your emails have been through this painful time. And the fact that you don't even know that! So I want to take ... Read Full Story
Aug 13, 2017, 1 comments, 9 smiles Tomorrow’s Child by Rubem Alves What is hope? It is a presentiment that imagination is more real and reality less real than it looks. It is a hunch that the overwhelming brutality of facts that oppress and repress us is not the last word. It is a suspicion that reality is more complex than realism wants us to believe That the frontiers of the possible are not determined by the limits of the actual; and that in a miraculous and unexpected way life is preparing the creative events which will open the way to freedom and resurrection – but the two, suffering and hope must live from each other. Suffering without hope produces resentment and despair, But, hope without suffering creates illusions, naivete, and drunkenness Let us plant dates even though we who plant them will never eat them. We must live by the love of what ... Read Full Story
May 05, 2017, 1 comments, 18 smiles Spent another lovely evening with my grandmother who said to me when I was putting her to bed, "you make everything so happy, it fills me to my heart. I want to thank you but more than thank you, deeper." Out of her amazing mind of mystery come the most profoundly touching words; they are so simple and always feel like a rare gift of truth; they come inconsistently and without warning startling me to my core. I breathe deeper at these times, but I let it be normal, joyful -"You make ME happy, Bachan - Thank YOU!" We laugh and hug and kiss and as I fix her pillows and blankets, she begins to sing a sweet tune before saying, "Thank you again, okay?!" Smiling, happy. Then, as I turn out the lights, she drifts off to sleep. I linger a moment longer, watching like a mother and little girl both. I know that every time I visit could be the last time I see her alive. No next moment is guaranteed. We only have now. I am grateful for now. "It fills me to my heart." ❤
Apr 08, 2017, 4 comments, 12 smiles When I walked into her room at the nursing home this evening, my grandmother didn't know exactly who I was but she knew that we were friends and said, you want to go somewhere? And I said, yes let's go. She said, should I bring my purse? No, I said. We don't need your purse, we won't go far. Okay, she said. So we walked around the hall as if for the first time and came back as if gone much longer than we had been. I'm hungry, she said. We have a snack here for you - how about some cut up watermelon and tea? That sounds good, she said. The nurse offered a few graham crackers as well. You have some of that cracker, my grandmother said. I offered my grandmother’s roommate Anna Mae a cracker too which she accepted and we all sat quietly for a moment, eating ... Read Full Story
Mar 01, 2017, 1 comments, 11 smiles Currently, Mondays are my only days off - which also means it is, for me, Grandma/Bachan Day...last Monday I wasn't able to see her so I was especially happy and excited to get to see her today. When I am gone longer than a week, I wonder will she know we belong to each other? I no longer assume she will know that I am her granddaughter OR the details of our history together but I still expect her to know I am family somehow. I understand that there may come a day when she doesn't. Thankfully, when I approached her room this afternoon and tapped on the window in front of her, she saw me with recognition. She clapped her hands together and motioned for me to come to her, which I did, and we hugged a long time. It has been so long since I've seen you! Thank ... Read Full Story
Dec 28, 2016, 14 smiles Second year in a row to spend Christmas eve with my grandmother and John at her nursing home. Mostly, it is like any other day or evening. We walk in, sign in, say hello to any of the staff that knows us or any of the elders who are around the front desk. There is a Christmas tree and other decorations but I feel they are taken for granted. No one seems to pay them any mind. John went down to the activities/dining room to see if Bachan was there before we made our way down the various halls to her room. He stopped to talk to someone at another room – which is a bit unusual since it is more something I do – I am more apt to get side-tracked whereas he is more directed. Turns out this woman, Irene, knew him from his Foundry school days. She had ... Read Full Story
Nov 27, 2016, 3 comments, 14 smiles A sweet story for the heart...Went to see my grandmother (at the nursing home where she has lived over 2 1/2 years now) with John after being gone for 10 days. We took her to one of our favorite Japanese restaurants where the owner/chef has in the past given my grandmother healing dishes when she was sick. He wasn't in tonight but everyone was so happy to see us and gave us so many dishes on the house, just because. When we left, John, Bachan and I all bowed in gratitude and 8 of the staff who had come out to say good-bye all bowed back in response, saying Thank you to my grandmother in Japanese even though they are all Korean. So many smiles. After that we stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few items because I wanted to get a treat for the Nurse on ... Read Full Story
Sep 08, 2016, 8 comments, 19 smiles Bachan, my grandmother, has had a series of health setbacks recently that have surfaced thorny challenges, and plenty of opportunities for me to practice 'standing my sacred ground'. In an environment where administrators and health practitioners can quickly grow defensive, I have tried to stay in curiosity and keep it human to human. Keeping it human is one thing that is slowing folks down. For instance at the hospital Sunday, a woman came in to take blood from my grandmother. I asked her if she was good at finding the vein. She side mouthed, I don't know." I said, "Treat her like she was your grandmother. I don't want her to hurt anymore." Bachan chimed in with, "Wow you are so good looking!" (She was a beautiful African American woman with braids)...how can you not soften?) Later, the woman said, "Never apologize for loving and caring for someone. You telling me to treat her like ... Read Full Story