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The Value of a Word

Each language describes a world, that's why is so important trying to learn more than one. For example, in Quechua language, the same world to name "past" is used to name "future"; for native of the Andean Mountains in Peru, time comes in circles, so there's nothing to find "Ahead": Things, feelings, and the entire life, just go back and forth.

When I lived in Peru, I made a friend, Gigi, who had japanese roots; It won't be surprising to say she owned a japanese restaurant in downtown Cusco, "Mayuyama". During the days of winter, when temperatures can drop to 12 degrees below zero, at 4000 meters above sea level, I used to visit my friend at the time of closing, to eat together miso soup and talk about our lives.

Gigi had difficulties in starting business in cooking and catering but she still was there, in charge of a restaurant, trying to lead to success japanese food in a city where people didn't know so much about Sushi or Teriyaki. One of those nights, I asked her "Why? You could try a different thing". That night she taught me the word Ikigai. She said: "Cooking and have my own place to cook, what I've learned from my family and be satisfied of sharing my taste with others and live of it, is my Ikigai".

This Japanese word means something like "the reason to live". Gigi said everyone need a Ikigai, because that's what keep us alive and allow us to live much and much better, going easier over problems and avoiding depresion: She said japanese live many years not because they are rich to have a comfortable life, but because they are "culturally" persuaded to have a Ikigai and stay focused on that.

What is your reason for living? some people will say that their children, their profession, their desire for conquest and triumphs of all kinds. Many things can be noted as our own Ikigai. Not always Ikigai matches with the thing you do to have money to pay your bills: Money is a resource, shouldn't be the end itself. Reconnecting with our reason for being is necessary to ourselves, and our duty toward others. We know people who are only moving around needs to be satisfied as to the outside: Work, fulfill obligations of any kind but, lacking an essential sense of destiny, everything becomes oppressive and debilitating.

For a person without Ikigai is easy to fall into depression. However, with a good reason anyone can endure all kinds of problems. Victor Frankl, who was imprisoned in concentration camps, who survived and after wrote a book about, said what helped him to resist was the conviction that he should get out alive to tell the world what he had lived there.Without a reason to live, life is simply time that goes by, years in the calendar.That reason is by definition a very personal thing. It has to do a lot with vocation. A very intimate feeling that is usually expressed in the child like a dream. What is important to know is that never is late to retake your Ikigai and make it happen: Your dream is your mission.

Ikigai is discovering what we love. Think about it, what would you do is you had the possibility? Every life need a reason to make it matter; work, study,responsabilities, we struggle daily in a world increasingly complex and challenging: How we do all that? with Ikigai, connecting with our reason to be here and to keep here, confident, courageous and rescilient; learning to "live on purpose," with intention.This makes a big difference in our lives.

As I learned from Gigi, Ikigai is our personal and intimate happiness to be alive to achieve a dream.

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Cali gal Michelle's picture

speaking of words....

I LOVE "live on purpose, with intention"... (I may have to borrow it sometime). Yes, it does make a difference to discover, to KNOW what we love and what our purpose, or intentions, are.

For me, I am all about 'words'. My career and passion is taking young children who have no words, are unable to even form a sound, and find the best way for them to communicate their 'words'. It may be sign language, or a computer, or their mouths. There is nothing at all like finally 'listening' to a child find their first word. What a joy. What an incredible privilege to experience.

May you continue to experience your passion. To communicate your words to us, which are so inspiring.

Love and Joy.

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
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nasreenamina's picture

Hi michelle thank you for

Hi michelle thank you for your comment, I am very glad to know about your work. We're very lucky not only for making our dream, our mission, also because we're living in it. Make it matters and make it meaningfull are two things we must care about words, and about the entire life. Warms regards

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion

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noreens's picture

I completely agree with Gigi.

I completely agree with Gigi. Without a goals, interests and dreams to works towards, life doesn't have much meaning. I think a person should have something that is just hers or his --- nothing to do with kids, family and work. Just to keep the soul alive.

Love,
Noreen

nasreenamina's picture

Exactly Noreens.We spend many

Exactly Noreens.We spend many time trying to feed correctly our body but not always we pay the same attention to the soul. Xoxo

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion

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nurcoco's picture

so beautiful, wise and powerful

giving what I have inside; teach people achieve their dreams, my heart fulfills of joy when I see people happy, spreading their inner gift... traveling knowing people, learning their heritages, helping them living their dream... it is my Ikigai... we are here to live with Joy, Peace & harmony!!

thanks for this opportunity to speak loud my Ikigai!!

nuria

nuria g. puigarnau
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nasreenamina's picture

Stay Blessed you have found

Stay Blessed you have found it. Xoxo

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion

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nurcoco's picture

such a gift

thanks so much, I feel blessed with your kind words!!
moving forward!!

pleasure following you in twitter!!

nuria xxx

nuria g. puigarnau
http://nurandco.wordpress.com
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