“Time is what we make of it. Fill it with everything that lifts our soul: Loved ones, projects of our greatest passion, and dreams that make the world stop for a moment.” – Jon Riki Karamatsu, December 28, 2015.
The tone of this song describes the sentiment I’m feeling.
My niece Sophie at 9 months old on 12/27/2015.
My niece Elyse at 3 years old on 12/28/2015.
I finished my 8th consecutive Honolulu Marathon. I didn’t train much this year, so a little bit tired but it was fun!
Today was one of the best days of 2015! I found out good news from my baby sister Lara Karamatsu that will change her life! Also, my friend Melvin G. Mason Jr. and I hit a milestone for our largest business project that includes 4 other team members in our management company. I also have other friends who I’m working with on other projects. There have been so many ups and downs, and we still haven’t truly bore the fruits of our work yet, but the risk-taking and journey is worth it. Though anxious, I’m even more excited on what the future will bring. I dedicate this song to my loved ones/friends/business partners!
“Death is inevitable, and like the period at the end of your final statement, it closes your story in this world.” – Jon Riki Karamatsu, December 4, 2015
“Purpose is the essence to living. Without it, the gloom seems gloomier, but with it, anything is possible.” -Jon Riki Karamatsu, December 4, 2015-
Oxytocin creates intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships. It’s released by men and women during orgasm, and by mothers during childbirth and breastfeeding. Often referred to as the cuddle hormone, a simple way to keep oxytocin flowing is to give someone a hug. Intimacy or even several hugs a day is what we need. Having human touch is critical, but for those of us who are single and live alone, we don’t get much of this. With this issue in mind, in 2008, when I was in the Hawaii State Legislature, I joked with my close friends that I wanted to create the legal guidelines for a cuddling program where the private sector can provide cuddling services called “Cuddle Care” for adults 18 and over and “Snuggle Care” for seniors 65 and older at a discounted rate. Ironically, in 2012, Japan launched its first “cuddle cafe” where customers can pay to cuddle with a professional cuddler. Hmm? Anyone up for some Cuddle Care and Snuggle Care legislation?