To meet new person is not just coincidence but essential happening in my life, I think.
Because there are more than 60 billion people in this world and my meeting people is limited in my life until my death.
After I saw the moment of the death of my grandfather at home when I was about 20 years ago, I realized that life and death is very close and natural for all beings.
We cannot escape from this realty and I will die someday unfortunately.
After we were born in this world, someday will die, we cannot escape from reality.
But actually, I am alive and to be alive today let me feel BLESSING.
I don't think that to be alive is not taken for granted but very lucky thing.
So I don't want to waste my lifetime and I cherish my life with gratitude every single day.
I want to seize my TODAY by doing my best not to regret when I die someday.
And I want to cherish all my meeting someone new in my life.
Life is too short to look back, so just I want to move on my life day by day.
How is your life these days??
I hope that you enjoy your own life with smile and love as much as possible, anyway...^^
Last night, I met a special couple who are going to move in Thailand to enjoy their retirement life from next month.
For the first time, David met the wife and they started to talk about their new plan and Thailand.
David has lived in Chaing Mai before and we love Thailand so much.
And the couple invited us dinner last time and we could share wonderful time to share with each life story.
We went to a restaurant who locates by seaside at downtown Seattle and offers great seafood.
David and I wonder what we will order, but we couldn't decided our order at home when we checked the menu of the restaurant.
David loves seafood and I am vegetarian but I wanted to enjoy special opportunity to enjoy seasonal & fresh seafood with them.
We ordered lobster dish and it was great texture and wonderful taste.
We kept talking about 3 hours and David and I laughed so hard that the couple were so wonderful couple to make us laugh.
We will keep in touch from now on and we wish that their new life in Thailand will be great with safe soon.
Anyway, I experienced special dinner time to get to know the couple last night.
And David and I want to see them in Chaing Mai someday.
We love Thailand and Chaing Mai is great city to stay, so we are looking forward to seeing them there.^^
To get to know special people in Seattle is my pleasure and I can learn native English conversation.
I couldn't listen to all of their conversation but I could understand most of it, so I am leaning English through my Seattle life every day.^^
To start new life in foreign country will be great challenge and wonderful experience for everyone.
I hope that they will enjoy their own life with love and smile as long as possible^^
Today, David and I took part in a Minister's funeral service.
She passed away on 2nd of Jan in this New Year and David knew her well like a part of his family when he was a child.
I have never met her before but I wanted to go the funeral service with David, anyway.
Her funeral service was very simply as her life and it was so nice.
David has so much memories about her so he looked so sad to see her off in a casket.
I don't know her at all but she became a server of GOD when she was 12 years old, it surprised me.
Less 1 hour, her funeral service was done and we talked about her life and our life each other.
To face someone's death make me think how to live every single day.
We will die someday, for sure...but I want to cherish my life as much as possible.
I hope that David can overcome her loss to move forward and I pray for her spirit in peace in heaven...><
From last night, it started to snow outside and it became white Christmas in this morning.
Only today, David could have holiday and he has to work tomorrow, so we enjoy own Christmas today.
He wanted to relax today so we could sleep well enough in this morning.
And he wanted to have a coffee in this morning and I tried to cook for his special Christmas dinner during his outgoing.
After I finished my cooking, he came back to home so I was happy to get ready for our dinner.
David got a nice wild halibut for Christmas feast for us and he will cook as simple as the nice flavor have.
Because I have never eaten wild halibut in my life and I want to try eating it as David's recommendation.
So I cooked only vegetable dishes for our side meals and I did my best for us.
For me, Christmas is normal holiday and I am not a Christian, so I don't want to celebrate too much.
But for David, Christmas is very special holiday, so I want him to enjoy with relax mood as he likes.
Anyway, I want to him relax as much as possible with white snow and we will enjoy walking together in this afternoon before our dinner.
Anyway, I wish that your Christmas days will be wonderful as you want.
Only 1 week remains in this year, so I want to cherish each day for the rest of 2017 to welcome new year with hope and great positive flow as I wish...^^
Last week, I got a new job to teach Japanese class from next February at an organic sushi restaurant in down.
And today, I went there to have staff meeting.
The owner, the manager and I were all member of today's meeting.
From last week, my mind has always thought my new Japanese class and I had some idea to use it.
But at today's meeting, the owner started to know each members as a our orientation.
And I started to talk about myself and my life to let them know about me and I started to cry anyhow in the middle.
But it was not sad tears at all but my heart was moved to have this great opportunity to work with them.
And then, they started to talk their self introduction and we got to know each better than before to start new Japanese class.
The owner is not only the owner of sushi restaurant and but also business consultant, so his talking is very useful for my future business plan in the U.S.A.
Today's 1st meeting was a great learning for me and I felt so much energy inside after that.
David came to the restaurant after his work to pick me up by his car and he came earlier than our meeting time fortunately.
I could feel so much love for David and my passion of my heart deeply and I felt so positive and hopeful mind today.
Anyway I am so lucky to have this opportunity to teach Japanese at the restaurant and I want to enjoy it with smile and gratitude with them!!^^
Today, I went to check a Japanese class which offered for sushi restraunt's customers for free in the morning.
A few weeks ago, David and I went to an organic sushi restaurant in Seattle to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.
Then I found a note which tells all customers "If you are interested in teaching Japanese to our customers, please let us know."
I knew that the sushi restaurant started to teach Japanese class for free on every Sunday before noon.
But the not looked to find a teacher to teach Japanese for their customers so I tried to listen their need from the owner of the sushi restaurant directly after our dinner time.
And the teacher needs to move to Texas next year, so the owner is looking for a new teacher to teach Japanese now.
So I was interested in the job to teach Japanese to their customers so I asked the owner to check the final class today.
It was very interesting time to check it today and all teachers and customers enjoyed learning Japanese together.
And I introduced myself to them as a new teacher from next February, so I decided to do it as my new challenge.
David and I really love the organic sushi restaurant and the owner is very great person with passion and wisdom about his business.
Anyway, today I have experienced so many things there that I am very exciting to challenge to being a Japanese teacher from next year.
David said to me that he support me as much as possible with love and I am so thankful for him a lot.
I need to skill up my speaking English to teach Japanese to the customers so I asked David to be my English teacher from today through our daily conversation as much as possible.^^
I will do my best with those staffs of the sushi restaurant and I want to offer their customers better classes next year.
I am so thankful that I could get this wonderful opportunity to teach Japanese to Seattle people...^^
Today, I asked David to bring me "Bellevue Square" to check some shopping stores.
For David, Bellevue Square is familiar shopping area because he worked around there when he was 20's.
But for me, Bellevue Square was the first place to visit and it is a huge shopping mall.
Just I want to check some store which I know in Japan so much but there were no items which I wanted to buy today.
So I told David "Thank you to bring me here but I don't need anything to buy today. So let's go home!"
But David looks a little disappointed because I didn't buy anything at Bellevue square.
I don't need to buy & get so much materials in my life because to get more materials let me feel "WASTE" sometimes.
I want to live simply as less materials as I can so David & I looked around other shops a little.
To buy something new and more is not essential part of my life.
Because I have everything which I need to live now and I don't want to own too much materials in my life.
So we came to Bellevue square by driving but if I didn't find essential materials to buy I don't want to waste our time to buy extra items at all.
I want to live as simple as possible with minimum materials because I like simply life.
Ans minimum items can make me comfortable and I really want to live simply.
Shopping is not fun for me at all because I have most materials now already.
Sometimes I will buy something which I really need in my life from now on but I don't want to make my materials increase so much.
Outside is very economic world and many advertisement tend to stimulate us to buy more and new.
But if I look back to my all materials which I have already owned, I would realize how much I own materials already enough.
So I want to use my favorite materials which can make me satisfy with content & gratitude.
When I was born into this world, I have nothing to own.
And I cannot own anything after I pass away someday, so I want to be careful what I own & have to use my energy of money.
How is you life??
Do you like simple life??
I hope that people will satisfy as less as possible to share with limited EARTH energy & resource not to waste too much anymore.
Because this earth is not for human beings but for all nature & animals, I think.
We are living in material world but I want to live simply more for a spiritual way without too much materials.^^
After I woke up in this morning, it keep raining today like yesterday.
But I feel nice neutral condition of my mind and I feel so much peace inside of my heart.
And I realized how I really want to live my life until my body die someday from now on.
My spirit will never die and the journey of my spirit will last forever after my body die someday, I believe.
This life is my lesson to learn something through my life experience to make my spirit grow up in this life, I feel.
In this month, I have learned a lot about myself and our marriage life and I cried a lot.
At that time, I felt so much inside of my heart but I needed to experience it even it was tough happenings to me.
I deeply believe that my reason to live is a part of growth of my spirit's journey forever and ever.
And I don't want to be so emotional at anytime because I want to keep my mind in peace with rational as much as possible.
To live my spirit life at this moment can give me so many learning and I can feel my growth through my life these days after new year.
To accept my reality with peaceful mind is my essential part in Seattle.
Every day looks similar but no one day is exactly as same as other days in my life.
After I moved to Seattle to live with David from the end of 2014, I became a part of minority of this society in the U.S.A.
But even I am in India or other countries during my travel, I don't feel loneliness or solitude at all.
Because I am a human being of this MOTHER EARTH and my nationality doesn't matter for me.
So I want to live my life as KEIKO is every single day.
And no one and nothing can never destroy my peaceful heart because I can keep my kingdom of peaceful world inside.
As far as I keep my peaceful heart inside deeply, I don't need to get any CHAOS or negative things into myself.
Because I want to live my life as I want and I have a strong passion to achieve my idea to make this world be better by using my learning & experience from now on.
I don't need to be in hurry to achieve it but I am in the middle of achievement now.
So I want to live my life with confidence & peace to make my life contribute to this world.
This is my reason to live in this world and my spirit will be happy when I can feel as KEIKO is...^^
I wish that you can live your own life with benevolence & peace as YOU ARE at any moment in your life!!
Tomorrow is David's birthday.
For me, birthday is just another day of yesterday, but for David, birthday is something special and unusual.
So today, David tells me, "This is the final ～ before my birthday." whenever he did something as daily as he does.
I have no idea how special he feels the day before his birthday today.
But just I am watching and protecting his actions and words without judgement.
And I observe how he feels today and think before his tomorrow's birthday, anyway.
Also tomorrow is NEW MOON day and it let David feel more special than usual, I guess.
David took a holiday tomorrow to enjoy his birthday as he wants to do anything to celebrate new age.
He got his friend's calling yesterday and they are going to take a walk together early morning tomorrow.
I know his friend and I want David to enjoy the time to walk together tomorrow without me.
But he looks thinking so much after we woke up today that his face suddenly stopped to think something.
I told David, "Don't overthink today, O.K.??" and he smiled at me.
But he looks thinking again anyway so I tried to let him do as he is today.
I made rice bolls for his lunch and I said to him,"This is FINAL ONIGIRI (rice balls) the day before your birthday!!" and he laughed at me.
Every day is someone's birthday or death anniversary so I don't mind too much about birthday and death anniversary.
Anyway, I want David to enjoy his birthday tomorrow as he wants because only 1 day for his birthday a year.
So I am looking forward to check his behavior today and tomorrow with unconditional love.
If he gets older like 70,80 or 90 years old in the future, I will love him as he is...so my love doesn't matter to getting older than before, I believe.
Today it is cold and I am so looking forward to welcoming warm spring day by day...^^
In this morning, I woke up at 5:20 after my good sleeping.
I felt nice energy inside of myself to feel new of my mind with positive energy naturally.
I am so happy that I can feel so much energy inside today, because I cried yesterday somehow.
And then, I can feel so much pure energy inside and I can feel "I can move on as I am from now on with David's love!"
Love is huge encouragement to move on my next step to let myself be as I am.
And my heart is filled with gratitude and benevolence and I can feel to do anything as I wish from now on.
How was I born in this world??
I don't remember but I imagined that I started to cry when I was born in this world for the first time.
Someday, I will say good bye to this world with smile and I want to enjoy next trip of my spirit with hope again.
To live and to die is very common in this world and many birth and death happen today all the time on this earth.
Fortunately, I am alive with smile & peace today so I am very thankful for my life...A LOT!
How are you today??
I hope that you can enjoy your new day with smile & love as you are,.
Because today is only 1 day of our life, isn't it??
So let's enjoy today with new your heart to connect with your new day tomorrow, shall we??
To live today is not taken for granted at all, living today is BLESSING for us with great lucky...I think!!^^
Author:Masuda Keiko (増田佳子)
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