Unseen Gifts

A recently read poem has been re-playing in my head:

The Uses of Sorrow

by Mary Oliver

(In my sleep I dreamed this poem)

Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.

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Would You Date Your Oshimen?

A little while ago, someone on an AKB48 forum I frequent related how he had been asked by a friend out of the blue as to whom would he would want as a girlfriend from AKB48. The fan’s first reaction had been, “Akicha!” (Takajo Aki, Team A).

No sooner were the words out of his mouth, he reacted with astonishment because his oshimen was not Aki .

Flummoxed by his own reaction, the poster’s question was; how many other people would also choose someone other than their oshimen?

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Happy Birthday, 上杉謙信

Happy Birthday to Uesugi Kenshin 上杉 謙信!

Although not within my top three Japanese favorite historical figures, he was regarded as one of the greatest Japanese daimyos in the Sengoku period.

I found his death poem, particularly moving:

「四十九年一睡の夢 一期の栄華一盃の酒」。

“Forty Nine Years; One night’s dream. A lifetime of glory; a cup of sake.”

Perhaps despite all that we seek or strive so hard for, in the end, it all comes to something so fleeting or simple?

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Twelve Resolutions for 2012

Normally my resolution would be not to have a resolution, but I think it’s time for a little challenge to myself this year.

12 Resolutions for 2012

1. Blog at least once a month; minimum twelve posts a year.

2. Write up 2012 Postcards/New Year Cards/Christmas cards to friends.

3. Secret.

4. Work on a third language.

5. 50 books for 2012.

6. Mediate once every two weeks.

7. Do something creative (draw/write/take pictures) once a week.

8. Exercise once every two weeks.

9.  Start practicing driving again.

10. Master a song on the guitar.

11. Work on a plan of action to go stay in the country I really love for six months to a year by 2013.

12. Complete three things on my 43 Things.

(Edited for realistic goal-keeping)

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Books Read 2011

Sadly, yet another year where I started off strong, but faltered towards the second half. My reading has again slowed down, as always a reaction towards my getting too much on the internet. I do read a lot of junk online (and not just in relation to Baidu or Tumblr) but also a number of articles and recommendations. I just need to remember to not let it get in the way of the actual reading.

Onwards to the list!

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Define Good or Bad?

After our practice run for the mid term exams this week, I was feeling extra gloomy and chatting with Classmate K (not a native English speaker)  as we were walking out.

Me: *sighing* I did really badly and it was so simple.

Classmate K:  *nodding* Ah… Me, too.

Me: Really?

Classmate K: *puts up four fingers* Four… Miss!

Me: ……

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First Meal In A New Town

Nothing says it better than a bowl of noodles with pickles to welcome you in a different part of the world.

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