Wednesday, 6 December 2017

raison d’être

There is a concept in Japanese culture—especially enshrined among the population of Okinawa—similar to the French philosophical invocation above called ikigai (生き甲斐), which is generally translated as “a reason for being.”
Finding one’s true calling and intrinsic worth is not an easy task and not one that’s admitting to short-cuts (I think that one of the most important lessons that’s at least a glancing acquaintance if not something learnt and taken to heart, is that prayer—in whatever form you give it to include mediation and mindfulness—is not supposed to be petitionary but the chance to reflect and to assemble and articulate what’s missing or what’s falling short plus garner solidarity and that affecting change takes work) but the search and discovery (it’s hard but not elusive or impossible as deriving meaning and satisfactory from life is far from being unattainable) is character-building and gives searchers a reason to persevere.