Gratitude & Compassion Will Fire Our Engines Through the Darkness.


In our toughest times all we can do is try our best to be the best person we can be. Sometimes only our ancestors know what really happened during our darkest hours when the truth gets lost in the weave of conflict.  We mustn’t be sad or angry by the negative outcome, but strive forward through gratitude and compassion, which will fire our engines to transcend us to a higher level of love.

On Sunday February 28, 2016, as President of  Jodo Shu Hawaii, I made a speech thanking our Fujinkai, an organization of women within Jodo Shu Hawaii, many of whom are in their golden years and were friends with my grandma.  As I thanked them for all the love and compassion they have given to their loved ones and to our organization, I held back my tears that were welling up in my eyes.  I told them how influential grandmas, mothers and sisters are in our lives.  I mentioned about the single mothers who are doing their best to make the most of their difficult situation and instill the values into their children that you – you’re generation have taught them.

Today, after a tough day, I told my mom how much I loved her.  Since I was young, she made me believe that anything is possible.  I also appreciate my dad, who shaped me through his strict style, but yet taught me compassion through all the volunteer work he did for my sisters and I, as well as our community.  I’m also lucky to have my younger sisters who have caring hearts and have been with me through the ups and downs.  Through my family, I’m able to strive for big goals, withstand my failures, and reinvent myself with new goals. It’s this appreciation of how lucky I am to have them that keeps me moving forward.

I dedicate the song below to you:

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3 responses to “Gratitude & Compassion Will Fire Our Engines Through the Darkness.

  1. Sandra Takishita

    Yes, Jon, look forward to what the future can bring. Part of living and learning is making mistakes; we’ve all had our share and built better lives because of it. You know the song, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!”. Don’t dwell on the past, but strive to make life a heaven on this earth in the here and now! Stay grounded in gratitude and realize how many people you can serve and can benefit from your good works!!

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  2. Sandra Takishita

    Yes Jon, look towards the future ahead of you! Part of living and learning is making mistakes; we all have made our share and have strived to build better lives because of it! It’s the song “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. Stay grounded in gratitude and realize how much good you can do for others in your lifetime! Find heaven on this earth in the here and now!

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