his FORWARD is about progress andownership and reality.I think these three things are prettyimportant.You might not.Some people would have you believe thatwhat you are seeing and/or eeling is notreal.Other people seem to be going aroundpretending to be somebody they aren’t, ornot recognizing who they really are. Likei you work in a school most o the time,‘teaching’ people, adults or children, thenmost likely
you are a teacher o some sort
. Lotso people might say they aren’t teachers, andeven think they aren’t teachers, but what itlooks like they are doing is teaching. To me, this is a case o mistaken identity.Being a teacher is pretty cool I think. Kind o noble.I think so anyway.Some people are going around lying, butsomehow they don’t think they are
Some other people are going around sayingone thing, and doing another thing, but theydon’t think they are
Some olks are taking the low road, back-stabbing, eluding, hiding, but they somehowthink they still have
Other olks takethe high road, and spend lots o time beingextremely
o the rest o us. Glasshouses.You might think what you’re reading nowis a judgment o
. I don’t think it is, butlet’s call a spade a spade shall we? Who areyou really? Not who do you
k you are,but what do your actions say about you? Noone is perect, but is something wrong withtaking real ownership o your real thoughts,eelings, actions, and behavior? Ownershipcan be a very empowering thing. Try it.Restraint is one thing, denial is another. Howlong have you, should you, conceal your realeelings, or the sake o ‘harmony’, and howreal is that harmony i it’s based on you notbeing able to express your reality? No oneis advocating you kick and scream at everyopportunity, but how about you yoursel acknowledging how you really eel in anygiven situation? It might help. Counselinghelps. There’s a ree counseling serviceavailable at the International Center. It’s awonderul and perhaps essential tool oryou to be able to have just
o totalexpression. Those moments are very ew andar between here. Some o us need those.
People constantly act in one ashion, but want to believe, and want YOU to believe, that theway they are ACTING somehow has nothingto do with WHO THEY ARE, or who they THINK they are.
Here In Japan, appearances are everything.Outer orms are more important thancontent.I think, most o us know
everything and outer orm loses meaningand depth without the
behind it.But lots o olks take these two aspects o Japanese culture to an extreme. They think i they
decent, then theymust also
decent. They think i they carryout the rituals, then the rituals themselves justiy any behavior they display.It’s like wearing a suit o armor, but not reallybeing a Knight.Misrepresentation screws everyone up.You’ve gotta be your real sel at some point,at least I think so.Who are you being today?I mean
being? Not just
you’re being, but
really really being
.Are you even really
-ing?Or are you just
-ing like you’re
-ing.Which?I’m still struggling with lots o this culture’sticks and quirks. The no expression thing still really slaughtersme, the blank aces and the dodgyinteractions.I nd mysel lost and conused
it’s morethan just the language.I any o this strikes you, read author
’s work. Enlightening.I you’re having issues, can’t quite copeas well as you’d like, are conused andmisunderstood
, sad, lonely, hurt, tired,conused--
and you need someone to talk to,
a proessional who won’t judge you
, call theInternational Center, 052-581-0100. It’s agreat service.Reality Check, that’s all, no judgment,
a littlereality never hurt anyone.
The cover eature o this issue is MAKE-UP,
what mask are you wearing?
Hope you dig this issue, we worked hard onit.Summer’s on the way.Gon’ be HOT.Come outside and play.Peacetdh