It’s just a car.

I write a story you might think I am a cold person.

On the way home from a supermarket yesterday, I saw a middle-aged couple.

When I passed them, I felt they were upset from their conversations. While they parked their car on the street, someone’s car seemed to hit their car and be gone without say anything.

They seemed to want to find out the culprit, but unfortunately it was impossible because they didn’t know who it was.

Then I said to them in my mind,

“It’s just a car…”

I was surprised myself. If people who have the same situation are said like this, they will get angry definitely.

Actually my real meaning of this words is as follows,

“It’s just a car… If the culprit’s car hit your car when you drove, you might have injured or lost your life. But you guys are still fine!”

I am a minimalist. The life as a minimalist taught me an important thing. It was that things never make me happy.

The happiness is really simple and we just realize it.

 

Here is a question.

Here is a question for people who have a mobile phone.

“Do you ALWAYS want to keep holding your mobile phone by your side?”

If your answer is “YES”, what is the reason?

At this morning’s yoga class, I saw a strange situation again. (why again? If you want to know the reason, please check Mobile phone poisoning.)

I was the front row of the wall side. A young woman came next to me and she put an eye pillow by her mat. I felt strange and immediately understood the reason.

She covered her phone with the eye pillow to hide it. I was very surprised because almost all yoga studio show us the rule that we have to turn off or set a manner mode on our phone and put it in a locker during the class.

It was 75 minutes class. I wondered why she couldn’t wait for checking her phone until the class was finished.

I just want to know the reason why people depend on their mobile phones too much.

 

What is “what you want to do”?

What is what you HAVE to do?

What is what you WANT to do?

How many hours do you use your time for what you HAVE to do for a day?

How many hours do you use your time for what you WANT to do for a day?

If you use almost all your time for what you HAVE to do for a day,

When will you start doing what you WANT to do?

How long do you have to wait for doing what you WANT to do?

Although time is fair to everyone, it’s up to you if you waste time or not.

Your precious time is for what you WANT to do.

 

What is the fact?

I don’t watch TV and don’t read a newspaper intentionally because the news describes the facts from only one angle.

I introduce you a story which was written by a Japanese woman in her blog.

She got married with a French man and has lived in Paris for a long time.

When “November 2015 Paris attacks” happened, she was in Paris. A curfew was imposed on the city and many extreme pictures were broadcast on TV. These happenings caused people to have bad images of Muslim people.

She has three children and they have some Muslim classmates. After this attacks, she was troubled how she explained this situation to them. But she didn’t need to be worried about it because her children understood the true facts. They said to their Muslim classmates, “We understand you are not wrong.”

The news on TV and the contents of newspapers excite humans curiosity, especially in case of bad news, and people recognize them as the fact even though they are described from only one angle. As her children did, if we understand the true facts, we don’t need to become new assailants and don’t need to make new victims.

Remember we always have to understand the facts from various angles.

 

How to approach success.

I posted Failure teaches success yesterday. I will write a related thing about it today.

Here is a question. (Please choose the answer below.)

“When you try something new, if you fail it, what will you do next?”

1. Give up immediately.  //  2. Give up after you try it two or three times.  //  3. Continue it until you succeed.

If you chose 1 or 2, I recommend to read yesterday’s post with today’s one. If you chose 3, I hope this post will be an useful information for you.

When people fail something, they usually give up soon. Generally failure still have negative images in human society and almost all people don’t want to feel bad again after they failed. I understand their feelings and everybody wants to succeed without failure.

Now I introduce you how to approach success. (This is my own way. If you get a hint, I will be happy.)

There are 3 points;

1. Find the root cause of failure.   Failure has the cause. If you find it, you can approach success. Think about the cause from various angles.

2. Try some different ways.   If you find the root cause of failure, try again with different ways. Be careful not to try same way because you already know it doesn’t work.

3. Know your worth never change even if you fail.   When you fail, you might feel depressed and miserable. But don’t worry, you just don’t know the correct way. Even if you fail something, your worth will never change.

If you overcome failure once, you will feel trying something is really fun. Believe in your potential and make your new world!!

 

Failure teaches success.

Since I had updated my consciousness to yoga, I really have enjoyed doing yoga.

Why do I like yoga? Because I can feel as much progress as I practice. I like to challenge something from scratch.

I remembered “a sponge cake story” which shows you my character.

I think it was 2 years ago. I wanted to make a birthday cake for a woman and her birthday was 3 days later.

My image of cake was like a japanese one. Have you ever seen it? Talking of a cake in Japan, we imagine a sponge cake. I checked some japanese sponge cake recipes on websites and I thought of my original sponge cake recipe. (Then I wanted to use natural ingredients as much as possible, so I needed to arrange the recipes.)

When I started trying, an accident happened. Even though I made a cake as the recipe said, it was a very thin cake. I thought I had a mistake for something and tried it again, but I made a thin cake again. The first day was finished.

On the second day, l changed the amount of some ingredients and tried twice. Although I tried a different way each time, both failed. I didn’t know why. I researched the cause and found it. The cause was flour. Japanese flour has less gluten than foreign countries one, so it’s easy to raise. (When we add water to gluten, it becomes sticky. It’s not good for a sponge cake to rise.)

On the third day, I changed from flour to corn flour and tried. I failed the first time. The cause seemed to be honey and I changed from honey to sugar. After I adjusted some ingredients, I tried again. A cake batter raised high in the oven. Finally I succeeded.

As a result I made 5 thin cakes (I might have made more…), but I enjoyed this challenge and now I can make a sponge cake easily and surely. Although people around me then were worried about me because I failed a lot, I didn’t think they were failures and I trusted myself.

Almost all people think failure is a bad thing but I wonder if it’s true or not. For me, failure is just a different way for success. Even if I fail something, I can know it’s not a correct way and try other ways.

Failure teaches success and its experience makes us grow.

If you want to try something, never give up before trying. Trust yourself and you will do it.

 

Mobile phone poisoning.

I went to a lovely french restaurant for dinner last night and saw a strange situation.

There were two contrasting women’s groups. One was enjoying talking during dinner and the other was taking photos on their mobile phones and using them all the time.

As the latter women sat at their table, they started taking photo on each phone. I sometimes see this situation at restaurants, so I didn’t mind it.

In the restaurant it was illuminated by indirect lightning and candlelight and it was a nice atmosphere. But they continued to use their phones after taking first photos and soon the second photo shooting started. They took photos of every dish that came.

Can you imagine this situation which has the sound of a shutter and the bright light of the phone screens all the time?

Now almost all people have mobile phones (incidentally, I haven’t had a mobile phone for more than 2 years intentionally) and I feel some people depend on their phones too much. It’s mobile phone poisoning.

Although a mobile phone is useful in daily life, I regret people forget to enjoy right now at this moment.