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1: Positive Masters Show – You Can Bring People Together Through Your Art – Audiogram


In this clip of Episode 1 of the Positive Masters Show podcast, I mention how you can bring people together through your art. Art forms such as novels, poetry, theatre, movies, music, designs, and drawings, can bring out the emotions of your audience and make them connect with your story that may have a deep message on issues like war, discrimination, racism, physical violence, verbal abuse, bullying, suicide, and mental health. If you can make someone care about your character when they normally wouldn’t but for your art, that’s huge! Now they have empathy and compassion for that character and all the people that fits into that category of your character. Through your art, you can spread love and peace!

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Creativity makes your soul happier.


Creativity makes your soul happier.

Creativity makes your soul happier.

I recently watched The Florida Project on Netflix, a movie by Sean Baker about the innocence of kids making the most of their lives despite being poor. I cried. No matter what problems you have, there’s so many other people facing tougher challenges. What an amazing movie, with both playful humor and heart-wrenching drama!


My heart melts for the children going through so many difficulties. Resiliently, many of these kids are still able to find ways to have fun. In my second novel, I wrote about the adversities the children in Iraq faced after the invasion by the U.S. I’m still pitching this story to the literary industry.

I feel for all of you going through tough times. I believe some of your greatest work can come from your emotional pain. If you have something creative you enjoy working on, whether it be drawing, creative writing, craftsmanship, fixing-up vehicles, acting, singing, filmmaking, music production, interior decorating, making crafts, cooking, developing games, photography, software programming, sculpturing, pottery, or anything that sparks joy in your soul, keep doing it when you have time. In fact, make time for it. Creativity makes your soul happier. I love you guys!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon Riki Karamatsu
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No event, good or bad, defines you. You’re a continuous flow, constantly learning and evolving.


No event, good or bad, defines you. You're a continuous flow, constantly learning and evolving.

No event, good or bad, defines you. You’re a continuous flow, constantly learning and evolving.

 

No event, good or bad, defines you. You’re a continuous flow, constantly learning and evolving.

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I changed my mind regarding watching television shows and playing video games.


I changed my mind regarding watching television shows and playing video games.

I changed my mind regarding watching television shows and playing video games.

I changed my mind regarding watching television shows and playing video games. If they bring joy into your life and help you to alleviate your stress and anxiety, go ahead and consume them in moderation to get that boost of energy that you need to keep working on your dream life.

I hardly ever play video games and rarely watch television programs. I don’t have any video games on my computer, nor do I have a game console at home. About five years ago, I deleted any video game from my smart phone.

This all changed this past Saturday January 25, 2020 when my 9-year-old second cousin E showed me how much he loves the video game “The Battle Cats” by Ponos Corporation (Known as “Battle Nekos,” as named by the founders in Japan), available for smart phones and tablets. He showed me how to play it. The characters are so darn cute, and the battles are fun, like a journey. There’s also funny descriptions for the scenes and characters and motivational comments that are applicable to your life. Playing it was like a tasty medicine that makes you high with pleasure. During the time I played the game, it took my mind off of the darkness that has been clouding my mind and soul: the deaths of those I love, dealing with difficult people and issues, facing prison time for my driving under the influence, opposition against my business projects and career, financial challenges, and other things bothering me. In moderate doses, “The Battle Cats” has recharged my energy to get myself back in the game of business and personal growth. I’m going all-out again after my latest bout with darkness when this past Christmas ended and my sister Mia and her family left Hawaii to return back to California.

The Battle Cats, a video game by Ponos Corporation for your smart phone and tablet.

The Battle Cats, a video game by Ponos Corporation for your smart phone and tablet.

As far as watching television, I avoid the news because of its negativity, but I recently began watching more fictional stories and documentaries that has sparked ideas for my fictional and nonfictional writing and motivated me to keep moving forward on my business projects, personal development, and my dreams for a life of creativity and more time with my loved ones.

So there it is, I changed my life policy on avoiding television shows and video games. In moderation, it can actually be a tool to recharge yourself so you can continue to play your real-life game in your career and personal growth.

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If you want to live your dreams, you have to consistently work at it!


If you want to live your dreams, you have to consistently work at it!

If you want to live your dreams, you have to consistently work at it! The daily hustle will add up over time!

If you want to live your dreams, you have to consistently work at it! Over time, all your small wins will add up, and who knows, some years down the road, you’ll be living it! 🙌

Our Create Your Dreams Mantra Unisex T-Shirts have a special font with a sketch design symbolizing your efforts to create your dreams. If “create your dreams” is a mantra of yours, by wearing this shirt, it will motivate you to keep working on your dreams through your ups and downs. The color of the shirt pictured is heather dust. 😃

Our Create Your Dreams Mantra Unisex T-Shirts are soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. The following are further details of our shirts: 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester); Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2); Shoulder-to-shoulder taping; and Side-seamed. 👕

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You can have meaning in your life through your creativity!


You can have meaning in your life through your creativity!

Having a Meaningful Life – Part 1 of 3! 👊

In the mission statement of Positive Masters, we want you to be happy & have a fulfilling life. One of the key points to achieving this, is to have meaning in your life. To attain this, you must have a wide view of your life in order to see the whole spectrum of meaning & values that you can embrace. If your view of yourself is narrow, you may miss those precious gems within you that could sparkle joy in your life. ❤

You can have meaning in your life through your (1) creativity, (2) experiences, & (3) attitude. In this article, let’s discuss creativity. 💡

When you create a value for yourself & others through a service or product, you have purpose. If you’re passionate about that service or product, then even better because your work doesn’t feel like work because you enjoy doing it. You ever notice how time passes by smoothly & quickly when you’re working on something you’re passionate about? Notice how your focus on your passionate project pushes away any of your worries &/or sadness. You’re in the flow! This is the greatest state to be in to create value for yourself & others. For me, writing this article for you gives me great joy! 😊❤

Fun Homework: Write down 10 things you enjoy that could provide value for yourself & others. Then write down 10 ways or variations on how to execute on your creation of each of those 10 things you enjoy. There may be a company or non-profit organization that you could join to create those passions of yours. If not, you could create a new company or non-profit organization to provide this value. Have fun on this! ✍ 💻 📑 ✌

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When we’re excited, it’s a game!


When we’re excited, it’s a game!
When we’re not, it’s life
Make life a game!

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, June 27, 2019 –

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Make life a game! Positive mindset!

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I’ve got more chapters to write.


When I sleep, I fall into darkness.

Soldiers attack and shoot me.

Dead people come back.

They go about like it’s nothing.

I fight to wake up.

Dark shadows won’t let me.

They chase me.

I tell my sleepy body to move but I can’t.

They’re pleased. Now they have me.

I’ve got more chapters to write.

Every word creates light.

So I write and write and write . . .

until I wake up to the sunlight.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 3/26/19 –

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Want to be productive? Grow your hair long and/or closely watch children grow up.


Here’s two strategies I use for my productivity: (1) Grow your hair long and cut it when you finish some of your goals; and/or (2) Have your sibling or siblings or an immediate family member have children because you will watch very closely how fast they grow up, which will make you work harder to get things done.

We can grow our hair long anytime. I’ve been doing it since I was a teenager, even when I was a politician and government attorney. As for our loved ones having children, well, this is a bit more tricky. Have fun with this strategy!

Here are pictures of my 10-month old niece and I with our long bangs on October 20, 2018 in San Mateo, California.

Crush all your goals my friends!!!

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Fade Out or Keep Going?


Fade out or keep going? What are we chasing after in this competitive and sometimes cruel world? Money? Power? Fame? When you reach it, you get attacked by others and punished more severely. Is it worth it? I think most of us want to be happy and at peace. There’s something beautiful in fading out from the craziness of society to be with your own soul in a peaceful and quiet life. Maybe live a simple life near the ocean or up in the mountains. It sounds so nice to meditate, read, research, write, create art, produce content that helps others, build a service for others using technology, and only hang out with those who lift your spirit. I’m not saying to completely cut ourselves off from the world. We could still continue our hustle to create value for others from afar, only coming back to society for our loved ones and for our most passionate projects. Do you feel this sometimes? If this was possible would you try it?

This is a picture of the sunset in Waikele, Hawaii on 2/19/19.

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Dragons & Tigers


The world of imagination is where the magic lives. My niece and I create worlds where dragons and tigers make friends with different life forms and collect different powers to protect the universe from the darkness that exist among all beings and creatures. The lessons in our make-believe realms can play a huge role in our daily reality, even our life’s purpose. Here, we’re playing at a playground.

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Take the energy from your suffering to boost the power of your creativity.


Take the energy from your suffering to boost the power of your creativity.

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My Fading Starlight


My fading starlight.

Brighter stars are in her eyes.

A spaceship is in sight.

In it, a cute girl with big eyes.

“Why are you taking this flight?”

She laughed, “To get you out of your disguise.”

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 3/19/2018 –

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Stay on the Offense


We can stay on the offense by working on things we can control. Reacting and panicking to things we can’t control will put us on the defense, destroying our mood, which in turn, kills our productivity.

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It Understands Me


My laptop listens.

I spill my thoughts and feelings.

It understands me.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #86, 11/21/2017 –

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Excited for Every Day!


Even when I’m tired, I get up excited to be working on a few projects that I’m passionate about that have the potential to positively impact Hawaii and the Pacific rim with more revenue, jobs, services, and products – maybe even the world. I fear failure, but I learn and develop relationships from both, success and failure, which continues to build my ideas, skills, and network, so like a music producer/DJwho mixes different sounds and talent, I can mix my ideas, skills, and friends across different sectors of our economy to create a different service or product for people to enjoy. When I was a politician, I did the same technique to create or better programs and laws. Building things through entrepreneurship and lawmaking is much more fun than fighting and breaking apart things through litigation, which I also do once in awhile. I recently got an arbitration case closed, which I’m so happy about. Here I am reviewing about 750 pages of documents for one of my projects. Notice I have my good friend, my Macbook Pro. I have so much gratitude for all the things we’ve done together. Have a great weekend my friends!!!

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Merge Fantasy and Reality


Merge fantasy with reality until the two become one.

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Walk with me, I want to show you my world.


“Walk with me. I want to show you my world.”  We left the Japanese garden filled with pink cherry blossom trees that lined along the beautiful clear stream. The green grass carpet that was similar to the type at luxurious golf courses, turned into dirt, rocks, and weeds. I led Kaylee into the forest as the sun began to set behind the tall tree-line. It became darker as we proceeded further into the forest, but golden rays from the sun seeped through the many branches high above. These spotlights guided us along the trail.

I grabbed Kaylee’s hand and pulled her with me off of the walking path. We cut through ferns and brush. I made sure I took the brunt of the leaves and stems that rubbed against us. Once we got out of the wild growth of the forest we reached a large circular patch of wild grass with small yellow flowers scattered throughout it. In the center was a green mound, like a miniature mountain. I smiled at her. “We’re here.”

Her eyes fixated on the grass hill. She turned to me with a grin. “How did you find this place?”

“I needed to escape. They show us what they want us to see. But oftentimes there’s beauty hidden. Sort of like what society expects from us. So I walked out of the beautiful man-made park and found this. I meditate on top of that grassy hill regularly.”

Kaylee kicked off her sandals. “Let’s go!” she blurted. She ran ahead towards the mound. I chased after her, but had to stop when my wallet flew out of my front pocket. I picked it up, placed it back in my pocket, and continued running after her. Her light white dress flew up with the breeze as she skimmed through the many yellow flowers. I got close to catching up to her but she beat me by a couple seconds as we hopped onto the top of the little mountain. We breathed in and out heavily from our sprint. I bent over with a hand on each knee. From the side of my body I felt an impact, and ended up falling onto my back with Kaylee on top of me. I took a couple of breaths that I had lost from the fall. “Why do you always do this to me?”

She laughed, “I like to knock you down and be on top. It’s a new era. It’s time for us girls to run the world.”

I chuckled. “Yes. You girls are intimidating. That’s why I was scared to meet you.”

“You were?”

“Very.”

“Well I’m glad you got the courage to approach me.”

“Me too.” I felt a few small drops of water land on my arms. I looked at the sky, which looked pinkish with the remaining light of the sun glowing onto the puffy white clouds that formed above us. “I think it’s going to rain. Do you want to go under the trees?”

She shook her head in disagreement. “Let’s stay here.” More clouds moved above us and they unleashed their reserves on us with many huge drops of rain. Our clothes became so drenched that they wrapped the form of our bodies. Still on top of me, Kaylee’s wet dangling hair dripped water onto my face. She gently pushed my bangs that covered my eyes to the side, and slowly lowered her face towards mine until our lips met.

 

 

 

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Stories Within Stories


I jumped into my old gun metal truck and drove to my late night hang-out, a coffee shop on the top of the hill above my house, after one of those weeks that furiously flew by. I pulled into the parking lot, and right in front of the coffee shop was a prime parking space that was positioned almost directly in front of the main entrance. I pulled the brake and shut off the engine. While patting the dash of my truck, I sent my thoughts of gratitude to it, “Thank you for taking care of me.” I counted this moment as my tenth win for the day.

I pulled my brief case from behind my seat and exited my truck, locking it with my key. My  remote control had long been discarded in a drawer within my personal office. It’s just something I didn’t care to fix after all these years.

I entered the coffee shop and paused by the display glass filled with sandwiches and pastries so I could pull out my smart phone from my front pocket of my jeans and open the app for the coffee shop, which I used for my transactions since you could get rewarded a free drink after a certain amount of purchases.

“Hey Riki, how are you?” asked Kelly, a cute barista with a mixture of Asian and Caucasian ethnicity who I’ve gotten to know over my many visits. She was always so welcoming.

I walked up to her cash register. “Good to be back at the office.”

“What will you get tonight?” Just as I opened my mouth to speak, Kelly blurted, “Wait, let me guess.”

I chuckled. “Alright.”

She closed her eyes and then opened them with a wide smile. “Hot, medium, Green tea latte?”

“Yes. I swear you have a gift.”

“Well, it’s either that or your hot, medium, plain old green tea. So my odds are pretty good in guessing your drink. Tonight you look a bit stressed and that’s when you go for the sweet stuff.”

“You’re really observant. I have to finish drafting a couple contracts for a friend.”

“Got to get paid right?”

“I don’t know. I only get paid if my friend gets paid.”

A frown formed on Kelly’s perplexed facial expression.

“If the deal doesn’t go through, I get nothing for all the work I do.”

“Damn.”

“It’s the nature of what I do.” If only she knew that I didn’t get paid even when I closed some deals with a couple of former business partners I had. I didn’t fight for anything that was owed to me, I just cut my losses and simply moved on.

I flashed my app on the screen of my smartphone in front of the scanner fronting the cash register. After a “beep” sound, I tapped a button and returned my phone back into my front pocket of my jeans.

“Well, I wish you the best on that deal. Have a productive session.”

“Will do. Thank you.”

I proceeded over to the counter where other customers waited to receive their orders. After a few minutes, my order was called by the barista who made my beverage, a young man named Todd with surfer blonde hair.

I strolled over to my favorite corner of the coffee shop where the counters rode along the windows, and lined up beside it were a number of high stools. I placed my briefcase on an unused stool next to me to my right. I pulled out my laptop from my briefcase and fired it up. I opened up a partial draft of one of the agreements I was working on for my friend. I stared at the words on the screen, which began to blur as I dozed off into another world. When my vision cleared up, I was no longer sitting on a stool in front of the window in my regular coffee shop. Instead, I was leaning back on a black leather couch in the more trendy coffee shop with dimmer lights that I’ve become so familiar with over my eight years of writing and reading this scene over and over.

Across the shop I saw Ken sitting at a small square table in front of Kaylee. He had already given her a chocolate cupcake in his attempt to liven up her spirits. He looked just as nervous as I had envisioned. I smiled and giggled quietly because I knew that he was changing the course of the future between the two of them. If only Ken and Kaylee could know how much a part of me has always been with them. Every bit of their pain has been mine, and every time they’ve experienced joy, I’ve felt it just the same. For it’s through their journey that I’m finding my way. If they can make others feel what I’ve felt, then I’m certain many others will find their way as well.

“Excuse me. Excuse me.”

I snapped back to reality and saw a young college-aged Asian girl standing next to me. “Is it okay if I plug my laptop into the outlet?” she asked and glanced under the counter. I followed her eyes and noticed the outlet just to the left of my leg.

“Oh yeah, sure. Go ahead.” I moved off my stool and stood to the side as she plugged in her laptop and returned to sit at a table behind me.

I got back onto my stool and returned to staring at my draft of the agreement on my computer. The minutes kept changing to higher numbers on my clock located near the upper right corner of my laptop, and still, I didn’t write anything new. “Screw this,” I murmured under my breath. I closed the document and opened up my query letter that was addressed to a boutique literary agency based in New York City. I took out my headset from my briefcase and played the songs from my playlist. I bobbed my head to a catchy song “Something Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay as I proceeded to re-write my query letter.

– Super Short Fictional Story by Jon Riki Karamatsu on March 26, 2016 (This super short fictional story is connected to my first novel that I started in October 2006 and completed in January 2014) –

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Misty Copeland inspired my day – I wrote for 7.5 hours on my counter-offer document.


Yesterday morning of March 8, 2017, as I prepared for my day, I turned on my smart TV to watch an educational video on entrepreneurship, business, culture, or psychology, which I do so daily, when by chance I came across a video about Misty Copeland, the first African American principal ballerina for a major ballet company, which was very inspiring. The story was fitting since it was International Women’s Day.

I ended up having my best day writing for this year so far for either fiction or nonfiction. I wrote for a total of 7.5 hours broken into 3 sessions to complete a 12-page counter offer document for an agreement consisting of over 300 pages that I’m working on for an aviation development project I have with my business partners. I’m estimating that I probably wrote about 3,500 to 4,000 words for my document today that had a total of 6,466 words.

Here’s the video of Misty Copeland that jump-started my day even though I’m still feeling weak from the illness that I had the past week.

Later I found Misty Copeland’s Under Armor commercial that’s inspiring as well.  Here it is:

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Make It Better


After undergoing four rough days from a flu, I was happy to get back to work even though my energy was still low. While drafting a document at Starbucks in Pearl City, Oahu, Hawaii, I overheard this song “Make It Better” by Hazel English in their speakers as I was ordering my beverage. I like the catchy beat and mellow tune.

The following are the lyrics:

I want to be seen
Yet I want to be invisible
I want everything
Yet I want nothing at all

All of these thoughts I have
Negate each other
I keep trying to understand
How to make it better
But I can’t make it better

I am confident
Yet I always seem to doubt myself
I am intelligent
Yet I know nothing at all

All of these thoughts I have
Negate each other
I keep trying to understand
How to make it better
But I can’t make it better

I want to be seen
Yet I want to be invisible
I want everything
Yet I want nothing at all

All of these thoughts I have
Negate each other
I keep trying to understand
How to make it better
But I can’t make it better
All of these thoughts I have
Negate each other
I keep trying to understand
How to make it better
But I can’t make it better

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How Super Can I Become?


Trembling without love.

How super can I become?

Losses become wins.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 2/23/2017, Haiku #54 –

Here’s a song “Forever in Silence” by Solstis that helped to bring out my emotions and words to this Haiku poem, which I was able to write in seconds.

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Lost In A Forest


Lost in a forest.

Rain washes away my tears.

Whispers – I love you

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 1/2/2017, Haiku #53 –

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Dreams and Visions


To my loved ones, friends, and all of you,

I wish you a wonderful journey, the good and bad, as you progress on your work towards your dreams and visions.  Below is a song I dedicate to you, “Visions” by Jaytech ft. Judah, remixed by Sedi.

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

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My Thoughts – Born From You.


Music – I love you.

You draw out my emotions.

My thoughts – born from you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 12/17/2016, Haiku #49 –

 

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You Will Always Be With Me


My breaths may be shorter,

but my dreams with you are longer.

You see, either way, you’re still with me.

Soon it’ll be my time to go,

but my memories of you will come with me,

so even though I’m not here, you will always be with me.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, December 6, 2016 –

[My friend Michael Oasay and his love for his wife Yvonne inspired me to write this poem. She told me how he was loving and supportive of her and her children for five years before they started dating. I thought that was so romantic, so I put it into writing in just a few minutes early this morning after I visited Mike at the hospital the night before. I knew Mike since I was in elementary school and Boy Scouts. His family and my family have been friends since our childhood. Mike is battling cancer, which is in a bad stage right now. Even though I know what’s before us, I’m hoping for a miracle. Mike’s such a wonderful person demonstrated by his unconditional love for others. I strive to be more like him. Please be kind to one another. I love you all. Love, Jon]

 

 

 

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That’s When It Enters My Head


 

Lying still at night.

That’s when it enters my head.

I stay up and work.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/28/2016, Haiku #40 –

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Plant Our Seeds Now


Spring will soon arrive.

Like seasons, we will evolve.

Plant our seeds now.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #38 –

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Flowers Bloom and Die


Flowers bloom and die.

This may be our last chance.

Absorb its beauty.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #37 –

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I Can’t Stop Crying.


I can’t stop crying.

Tears are my fuel for my art.

I hope it heals you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #36 –

[I hope my Haiku poems and my novels when they go public, can help you to heal the pain in your soul and inspire you.]

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I Sleep to Seek You.


You exist in dreams.

You seem so real – Is it so?

I sleep to seek you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #35 –

[This Haiku poem was inspired by my first novel, which I’m still pitching to agencies.]

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It Hurts To Know You


It hurts to know you.

Everything has its reasons.

Learn from good and bad.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #34 –

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War Tore Me Apart


War tore me apart.

Anger took over my heart,

until I met you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #33 –

[My 2nd novel that I’m working on inspired me to write this Haiku poem.]

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Running and Writing


Running and writing.

My medicine, my escape.

Visions come to me.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #32 –

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Death and Broken Hearts


Death and broken hearts.

We all experience them.

Upside down feeling.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #31 –

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They Can Only Watch.


Burst through their fire.

Relentlessly pursuit it.

They can only watch.

-Haiku #28, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 10/9/2016-

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Just Hold Onto Me


I can be your light.

Escape the lower 6 realms.

Just hold onto me.

-Haiku #27, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 10/9/2016-

 

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Gratitude – My Favorites


Gratitude – My Favorites as of 10/6/2016

  1. Spending time with my mom, dad, sister Mia and brother-in-law Mike, niece Elyse and Sophie, sister Lara and her fiancee Ross, family dog Stretch, and all my relatives.
  2. The time I spent with my late grandparents Tadao and Ellen Sakai and Maurice Toshio and  Bessie Karamatsu.
  3. Loving love.
  4. Hanging out with my friends.
  5. Writing down my goals.
  6. Networking with positive and ambitious people.
  7. Drafting my plans and strategies for my goals.
  8. Writing fiction. I still need to get a novel published.
  9. Watching movies. I wish I could produce movies. Maybe someday.
  10. Building new companies by sharing ideas and skills with other entrepreneurs.
  11. Playing law and politics for creative business ventures.
  12. Listening to music and producing music events.
  13. Traveling to different places around the world.
  14. Tasting great food.
  15. Exercising, especially running outdoors while listening to EDM as I strategize on my goals.

I’m so lucky to have you in my life. Here’s a song that reflects how I feel in my heart: “Thankful” by Feki.

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Haiku #26 – Cute Tilted Head Stares


 

Curls under blankets.

Follows me from room to room.

Cute tilted head stares.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 10/1/2016-

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Haiku #24 – Shadows Will Kill Me


Shadows will kill me.

I smile at their distortion

and inhale their pain.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/30/2016-

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Haiku #23 – Find the Little Spark


Find the little spark

to lead you out of the dark.

Good is still in you.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/30/2016-

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Haiku #22 – Treat Life Like a Game and Play


Games are fun for us.

Treat life like a game and play.

Drive, create, and love.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/15/2016-

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Haiku #19 – There’s Only One You


There’s only one you.

Love yourself and love others.

Live with gratitude.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/14/2016-

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Do you hear my heartbeat?


Do you hear my heartbeat?

Follow it.

It will guide you out of the blackness and into my world.

I’m waiting for you in the green meadows.

I’ll take you to the highest hill.

We can lay on the grass and watch the white clouds float among the pink skies.

When the bright blue raindrops fall onto us, open your mouth and enjoy the sweet taste.

 

 

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They Move in Sync to the Thumping of Our Hearts.


We crawl to the edge and peek over.

The dark blue waves far below us,

crashing against the rocky walls of our cliff.

They move in sync to the thumping of our hearts.

This is how I felt when I first met you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, August 10, 2016 –

This song matches my poem.  It’s called “So Good To Me” by Chris Malinchak.

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Sometimes “Doing” Does Nothing


Entrepreneur and Author James Altucher wrote a nice article, which is linked below my article. Mr. Altucher wrote, “The world doesn’t need more DO-ers.”  He also stated, “Stillness ultimately creates, Doing often destroys.”

Sometimes “doing” does nothing such as having meetings that have no new information or purpose, just rehashed things that were already in motion. There are times when “doing” is destructive such as having a meeting where people are offended or where we cannot commit to an action because we didn’t complete the preceding tasks yet. At times, waiting on action such as actions by the government or investors can be a good thing because new investors and opportunities pop up that could never have happened had things progressed faster. Patience is a key to success when “doing” does nothing.

http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2016/08/i-miss-nothing/

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Like A Child, I Create Another Dream and Do It All Over Again.


My sisters are princesses. My nieces are now princesses. They rule the world. Since I was young, I’ve wanted to save everyone from evil. I keep coming up with ideas and mix them with other ideas – some good and some bad. Then I pursue them until I live my imagination. But every now and then, my fantasy comes crashing down. Like a child, I create another dream and do it all over again.

20160307_055024With my nieces Sophie and Elyse on the early morning of March 7, 2016, just before flying from San Francisco, California to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

20160308_140313My niece Elyse with Princess Belle of Beauty and the Beast at Disney World on March 8, 2016.

20160310_200315My sister Mia, Elyse, and Sophie with Princess Anna of Frozen at Disney World on March 10, 2016.

20160310_133238My niece Sophie in her Princess Snow White dress and younger sister Lara at the hotel in Disney World on March 10, 2016.

20160310_185542My sister Lara holding my niece Sophie at Disney World on March 10, 2016.

20160311_111113My niece Elyse and I in the dining hall of Princess Belle and the Beast at Disney World on March 11, 2016.

 

A fun song fitting for this journal entry called “Crushin’ My Fairytale” by Celeste Buckingham.

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Multiple projects and issues are jumping around in my head.


Multiple projects and issues are jumping around in my head while calls and messages keep coming in. So much so that I made an error the other day on one of my tasks. Studies have shown that multi-tasking reduces our performance. It’s much better to focus on one task at a time to maximize our output and results.

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With all the different projects and goals that I have to accomplish, I think my mind is going as fast as this song “Alone” by Marshmello.

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Ideas Are Like Love


Ideas are like love. When we work on them daily, fruits of joy explode.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, July 12, 2016-

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What Is, Is.


What is, is.

What will be, will be.

We can’t dwell on what has happened, and worry about what will happen.

If we do, it will depress us, slow us down, and even kill us.

Good things will happen and so will bad things.

We have to appreciate what we have and focus on what we can control.

By accepting what is and what will be, we can keep moving forward.

To help us overcome our hardships, I dedicate this song to you called “Light It Up” by Major Lazer ft. Nyla and Fuse Dog.

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