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November 26, 2007


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That morning her people had put her outside. She was so excited! There were so many things to see and smell and do she didn't know where to start!

She was aware there was a lot of activity around her home with all the people coming in and out, but she had too many things to explore to take much notice.

She walked all through the building where her people lived but all she found were closed doors.

She decided to go outside the building. She had stood in the window many times looking out and now she was there.

She chased a few squirrels, played in the leaves and even tried climbing a tree for the first time.

Just when she was beginning to think she never wanted to go inside again, she heard a loud growl and turned around. There was a large brown thing coming at her!

She hissed and took off running with the brown thing right behind her. It was almost on top of her when she came to a tree and used her new found tree climbing skills to escape. Whew! That was close!

She was scared and wanted to go home.

Outside wasn't fun after all. There were too many bad things outside. She went to the door where her people lived but everything was quiet and still. She stood there for a long time but no one came. It was getting dark.

She was hungry and cold and wanted her nice warm blanket! She hid under the stairs and shivered. For the next few weeks, each day was a frightening struggle to survive.

One day the weather turned especially cold. She decided to go to all the doors in the building and cry as loud as she could. Maybe someone would let her in or at least give her some food to eat.

Finally, at the top of the stairs, a door opened. It was a woman who bent over to pet her. She stood on her back paws and rubbed her little head against the woman's face. The woman went inside and came back with a bowl of food and a warm blanket!

While she ate the food, the woman stroked her little head. When she was finished eating she snuggled in the blanket the kind woman gave her. Everyday for the next week, she came to the woman's door and waited for her food. And everyday the woman brought her a bowl and petted her while she ate.

Finally, one day the woman picked her up and brought her inside! She was so happy! It was warm and cozy and she rubbed the woman's ankles purring. If only the woman would let her stay she would never go outside again!

She began to explore this new place. In one room she found a tree! She couldn't believe her eyes! It wasn't like the trees outside. This tree was smaller with low branches and shining things all over it. It had shining boxes all around it. She walked around the tree sniffing.

The woman wasn't in the room and she wondered if she would get in trouble if she climbed this tree. Her curiosity got the better of her and she started up the trunk. She went out on an upper branch and sat there feeling very pleased with herself.

The woman came back in the room and started calling her. Would the woman get mad at her for climbing the tree and make her leave?

She got scared. Oh why did she climb this stupid tree?

Suddenly, one of the shiny balls fell off a branch. It hit the floor with a crash and the woman jumped. She sat very still and hoped the woman wouldn't look up. Just when she thought she was home free, the woman was face to face with her in the tree.

She simply sat there and purred to let the woman know she was sorry.

She was so afraid of being put outside. She let out one tiny little meow and the woman, who had been staring at her with her mouth open, started to laugh!

The woman reached out and took her off the limb. She snuggled in the woman's arms as the woman stroked her smooth little head. The woman then said something that somehow let her know everything was going to be all right.

"Merry Christmas, little one!" the woman said. She blinked her big yellow eyes and purred.

 

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LEARN TO BE PATIENT & ENJOY LIFE

You've heard it said, "Hurry up and wait!" But learning to wait calmly is an important part of living.

In this age of high-speed connections and instantaneous results, it helps to remember that the Mayflower made its historic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean at about two miles per hour! How did those early settlers occupy their time as they were waiting to arrive?

Next time you miss a flight, think about her predicament and "hurry up and be patient"! The sooner you're patient, the easier your life will become. When you're patient, you can relax and enjoy the ride.

There is great benefit in learning to wait calmly and creatively. Here is a "waiting checklist" to test your waiting skills:

Do you expect delays, or do they catch you unawares? Do you anticipate those times when you are likely to have to wait?

Do you calmly let your inner motor idle though others around you may be stripping their gears?

Do you welcome unexpected delays as a gift of time, which can be used creatively? Do you use the free time to plan ahead or quietly meditate (to get in touch with your soul)?

Do you prepare for delays? Do you have work or entertainment handy when forced to wait?

How did you do on the exercise? Are you making the most of your waiting time? We will never escape delays, but we can use them creatively. Now is the time to hurry up and be patient!

LEARNING TO WAIT

You might remember comedian Yakov Smirnoff. When he first came to the United States from Russia, he was not prepared for the incredible variety of instant products available in American grocery stores.

He says, "On my first shopping trip, I saw powdered milk — you just add water and you get milk. Then I saw powdered orange juice — you just add water and you get orange juice. And then I saw baby powder, and I thought to myself, 'What a country!'"

We live in a fast-paced world. We drive fast cars. We eat fast food. We live in the fast lane. We want it now.

One old story tells of a judge who was in a benevolent mood as he questioned the prisoner. "What are you charged with?" he asked.

"Doing my Christmas shopping early," replied the defendant."

"That's no offense," said the judge. "How early were you doing this shopping?"

"Before the store opened," countered the prisoner.

Few of us will go to those extremes to satisfy our desire to "get it now," but we know what we want and we wish we could have it yesterday. We don't like to wait.

Though there is certainly a place for decisiveness and action, there is also a place for patience. Have you learned when to wait?

Wait for the sunrise ... there will be another day.

Wait for guidance ... learn to be still.

Wait for wisdom ... it will come with experience.

Wait for growth ... it happens in the fullness of time.

Wait and be contented ... it is a secret to inner peace.

There is a time to act, but there is also a time to wait. Learn how to tell what time it is, for great things can happen for those who learn to wait. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it well: "Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."

Patience is an essential quality of a happy life. After all, some things are worth waiting for. We can resent waiting, accept it or even get good at it! But one thing is certain we cannot avoid it.

A SECRET TO FAILURE

We are not accustomed to waiting. Yet …we all find ourselves waiting from time to time:

You may be waiting for an answer to a difficult problem.
You may be waiting for guidance around a business decision or interpersonal problem.
You may be waiting for a situation to change before you can move ahead.
You may be waiting for somebody else to complete his or her task before you can act.

We are not accustomed to waiting and most of us don't like to wait. We feel helpless.

You may remember how it felt to wait for Christmas when you were a child. I recall one Christmas when I was about four years old. I waited forever for Christmas to come. I couldn't sleep the night before in anticipation. When I awoke Christmas morning I quietly crept downstairs to the large Christmas tree to gaze at the presents there.

We celebrated the holidays with my extended family grandparents, aunt and uncle, cousins, parents, brothers. It was a rule that we waited until everybody was gathered together before presents were passed out. I waited half the morning for the grown-ups to wake up. Then I waited for them to shower, dress and eat. I didn't think I could wait any longer!

When the family was assembled around the tree, it was announced that we would have a special visitor that day…and we would have to WAIT for him to come! I waited some more.

Finally, the visitor arrived. It was Santa Claus. And he said he'd be passing out presents that year. My uncle usually passed out presents, but he didn't seem to be around so I accepted the arrangement without question.

Santa first handed a present to one of my cousins. In our family, we waited for each person to open their gift before the next present was passed out, so I found myself waiting once again. Santa Claus passed a second gift to another cousin. I waited some more. The third went to my grandmother. The next to my brother. Another present was handed to one of the adults to open.

I couldn't stand the waiting any longer. When I thought nobody was looking, I grabbed one of the presents and began to open it. Santa quickly snatched it from me with strong words of reprimand. I was crushed. Other adults chided that I should wait patiently for my turn. I burst into tears, which seemed the only appropriate outlet for my frustration.

I learned two things that Christmas: First, I learned that I did not like to wait patiently. Second, I learned that I did not like Santa Claus. (I BELIEVED in Santa, I just didn't like him!)

How are you at waiting? Waiting is difficult for children, but adults can learn patience.

As I've grown older, I've learned the value of waiting patiently. The great events of life cannot be rushed, and all good things will come to fruition in their own time.

An old proverb says, "Don't pick apples while they are green. When they are ripe, they will fall off the tree."

As I've matured, I've learned that a secret of failure is impatience. I've also learned that Santa is a pretty good guy.


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Discovering the tranquil village of Hattoji was the highlight of my last trip to Japan in May, 2007. Located in the delightful lush countryside of Okayama Prefecture, the village of Hattoji is a world away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Okayama. According to Hattoji International Villa's website, “Hattoji thrived over 1200 years ago as a center of Sangaku 'mountain' Buddhism, followers of which lead an ascetic life in an effort to purify themselves of society's excesses. Dating from 728, monks gathered here at the base of Mt. Hattoji (elevation 539 meters) and built an impressive complex of temples, monasteries and accompanying buildings. Because Hattoji has retained its historic appearance, it was the setting for the movie, 'Black Rain,' by Shohei Imamura."

Hattoji is the only place that I have been in Japan, where I did not see another human while walking for about two hours along the peaceful roads surrounded by lush greenery. Occasionally, a sole car would pass me and the driver would wave with a cherry smile. The happy frogs croaking night and day from the rice paddies and birds chirping from the trees were often the only sounds I heard during my stay at Hattoji village.

The Hattoji International Villa is an absolutely delightful place to stay. It was originally built over 120 years ago, as a kayabuki thatched-roof farm house. All four rooms are Japanese style, with tatami mats and futons to sleep on. There is a fully equipped modern kitchen, for guests to cook to their heart’s content. We also enjoyed meals sitting around the irori (traditional Japanese fireplace) and sharing travel tales. If you want to have the total rural experience, bathing in the very deep goemonburo (ancient Japanese bath that resembles a caldron) is a real treat and oh-so relaxing. You can, of course, have the water at the temperature you choose.

Hattoji Villa is one of five international villas, budget priced and with star quality accommodations in the Japanese countryside. You can find booking information and directions at Okayama International Villa Group, which is part of Okayama Prefecture's government. You pay a Y500 ($4.50 US) membership fee that lasts for TWO years and your accommodation is only Y2,500 ($21.90 US) per person per night. The best news for sole travelers like me, is that it's only an extra Y500 on top of the Y2,500 ($26.25 US) for a room to myself. How cool is that!!

One important tip, you'll need to buy your food in the village of Yoshinaga, which is where you catch your bus to Hattoji. Although there are a couple of great restaurants in Hattoji (Cowboy Joe's and the restaurant with the cow statue out the front) there are no markets or places to buy food supplies within Hattoji Villa. There are very friendly folks at the Supermarket near the station where you can stock up on food supplies. The bus to Hattoji, leaves from the stop opposite Yoshinaga Station. When you book with the Villa Group, you will get very detailed instructions (in English) on how to get there from Okayama and the bus timetable. The bus does not run very often, so make sure you check the timetable.

When you arrive at Hattoji Villa, the lovely caretaker lady will check you in and tell you everything you need to know about the area (in Japanese). Here's some online sightseeing information about Okayama. To have a really relaxing holiday and explore the countryside, I would suggest that you stay there for a week. I love peaceful, mountainous places to read, relax, do yoga, breath fresh air and just regain a wonderful strength and vitality. That is how I felt when staying at Hattoji Villa and the beautiful Hattoji Village.

Carole Goldsmith, is an international journalist and trainer who lives in Melbourne, Australia, and has been visiting Japan for over 20 years writing articles for Australian and Japanese publishers. Carole's website is www.Goldsmith-International.com and you can read her Seek-Japan Blog Articles HERE

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