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Making each day count

Postby Francis Takahashi » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:06 am

The actual amount of days we can expect to live is indeed unknown. Once we are born, so much depends on circumstances far beyond our conscious control, and nascent understanding.This is a question that has consumed human thinking and concern for as long as man has tried to make sense of his existence. No imminent answers appear to be revealed anytime soon.

Life is what we experience, while living is how we make the most of those experiences, including the “bad” ones. We are not all created equal, nor are we all eligible to become the President of the United States. Such utopian notions are fine for exposing young minds to what may be possible, but at some point pragmatism and so called common sense are what is needed to realistically guide one’s thinking, goal orientation and consistently responsible social behavior.

We are not, have never, and will never be “in control” over anything or anyone in life, including ourselves. There are simply too many variables at play in our lives, the bulk of which we will never even be aware of. We can, however, be “in command” of those factors in our environment, and within our purview, that can make a real difference in how successful we can be in striving to achieve realistic goals.

Nonetheless, we do have a fair measure of control and appreciation of how well we utilize and maximize those gifts we are blessed with. Yet this very attribute is the one that we consistently fail to take advantage of as the dominant species, a true indication of what it means to be "average". We certainly do not need to remain so, and it is our willingness to pay the price of research, effort, and dedicated study and practice over a long period of time that can make us improve to a significant degree towards the real goals of achievement that we aspire to.

Among the strengths we may possess at any one time, is the ability to obtain information. We may want to begin with those resources readily available to us, from our parents, our teachers, our mentors and from proven peers. Next, we look to outside resources and influences such as books, videos, seminars, and by simply having the courage to travel about seeking new experiences that teach us what are, and what are not good choices for us to make. When such information then proves outdated or prove to be inaccurate, it is then our personal obligation to discard or replace them. We may even choose to totally start anew in another direction that shows better promise.

Another strength we may possess, is the capacity to make decisions that endure, affirming our will and our focus on what means most important to us. Of course, we must be sanguine about our true capabilities and talents, including the environments in which we individually and collectively operate and function. Even as we make dubious and harmful choices, we must remember that we still retain the capacity to change such decisions in favor of better ones. By being resolute in staying true to our values and legitimate accomplishments, we then can make each day count, and be accountable for all the results we achieve. Our life experiences are essentially a stream of conscious and subconscious events, memories and milestones of understanding, that mark our respective journeys from cradle to grave. There is no limitation on our creativity.

Lastly, for now, it is our noble purpose to continually evolve, to learn from our experiences, and to grow our psyches, our powers and our inner programming to become consistently relevant. We must never doubt the God within, that supports us and our purpose on a daily basis.

Opinions and schools of thought certainly vary as to what, how and why we are what we appear to be. In the final analysis, it is up to each one of us to take full accountability for our individual journey, while simultaneously being responsible to each of the others we encounter along the way.

Perhaps this is a good way to make each day count.
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Re: Making each day count

Postby Carina Rei » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:39 pm

Thank you for this complete analysis Takahashi Sensei. One thing I would like to add is, that the "bad" experiences we make, are usually what make us grow and mature, we learn from them.
I agree with you that we can influence the life of people in our environment in a positive way, cheering and encouraging them, and in doing that, it will return to us because it will make us happy too.

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Re: Making each day count

Postby Carina Rei » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:31 am

Here some comments in the revisited version

AikiGuille says:
Thank you very much for translating and sharing the reflection by Takahashi Shihan.
A hug Carina.

Thank you very much Guillermo, it is important to make every day count and don't miss the laughter ever
a hug

Ricardo Amorim says:
Hello, Carina,
After these months and the last few days, I think this reflection, I think, increasingly, that we must make that every moment count.
Thank you very much for your review.

Hello Ricardo
I understand perfectly, that is to make each new day was worth it for yourself and for those around us, thank you very much
a hug

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