I Was Inspired

I was inspired.

Motivated.

Profoundly moved.

Let me start at the beginning…

Do you remember March 11, 2011?

The day that a mega earthquake and terrifying Tsunami devastated Japan.

We all watched with horror.

Many did what they could to help – donating time; money; service.

And then we move on – other stories take over, other tragedies dominate, other narratives catch our short attention spans.

I just came back from Japan – allow me to report.

Frankly, I wasn’t sure what I would find. People were nervous I was going.

Given the U.S. experience of Katrina and such – even years later – my expectations were not that high.

Should have known better.

Let’s be clear – there is still lots to do and years of work ahead – but that’s understood. Power is still an issue – air-conditioning and escalators and such – nice to have as opposed to necessities are still running low or slow – and that’s understood. Deep infrastructure changes are necessary and sacrifices’ will be made – and that’s understood.

Mornings as I watched CNN I found myself embarrassed watching the so-called U.S. debt crisis – I should say self-created crisis or maybe better self-inflicted….

In my home country some can’t seem to agree to any reduction in anything that might cause discomfort in the short term – but long term would save the economy – while others only want to slash and burn in the short term without any thought to damage in the long term.

And there I was with a country focused on the long term – and ready to do whatever it took in the short term – no matter how discomforting – if it assured the future.

The lesson from Japan?

Listen:

起死回生 (kishi kaisei) Literally: Wake from death and return to life.
This means: Get on with it….

継続は力なり。 (Keizoku wa chikara nari) Literally: Continuance (also) is power/strength.
This means: Don’t give up. Just continuing to hold on will yield/reveal strength and power. Continuing on after a setback is its own kind of strength. Perseverance is power.

And there you have it…

Feeling down?

Beaten up?

Reluctant to make the changes in your life you have to make?

Worried about cutting back?

Get on with it – perseverance is power and the future is bright.

Thank you to my friends in Japan for inspiring me, teaching me, motivating me…

What do you think?

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