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Awareness and Appreciation


Seventh inning stretch anyone?


Occasionally one finds words of wisdom in unexpected places, such as high school or college preparatory school graduation speeches. The excerpt below was taken from a May 25 speech delivered by Kenny Sogi to classmates at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. I thought we all might benefit from it heading into the weekend.

The Japanese use the idiom mono-no-a-wa-re, which cannot be directly translated into English. /A-wa-re,/ is the awareness of the ephemeral beauty in our lives. It is the poignant sensation that our lives are passing, and that this time will never come again. A-wa-re, is the vaguely poetic feeling you get around dusk, watching the rain fall on our window panes, watching the sunset fade to night. "Mono-no-a-wa-re" is no more and no less than appreciating the sadness of existence. The Japanese have their love for the cherry blossom, not just for its radiant beauty, but because they appreciate, so sadly, that soon the blossoms will all be gone.

-Kenny Sogi
Graduation Speech
Hawaii Preparatory Academy 2005

Are you enjoying your journey?

Try to stay focused as we enter the final hour of what may have been the longest four-day Holiday week ever... (Is the SPX really going to out slightly down for the week? Funny how it doesn't really feel like it).

Have a great weekend.

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