See the good in things and in people

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What a blessing it is for a mother to enjoy the wisdom of three grown sons.

I work in a profession where I engage with people all day long. There are good days and there are tough days. Some days are outright perplexing as I am continually amazed at the lack of courteousness and positive intent of some human beings.

Mediating disputes and procuring the truth requires deep focus and an acute awareness of personal and political agendas. It can be exhausting work but it is important work.  All to often the “truth” is nestled in the understanding that human beings seek affirmation for their gifts and skills, fair compensation and an acknowledgement for their hard work. Human beings want to be heard, need to feel their effort means something and acknowledged for their contribution. It is ok and in fact research illustrates that acknowledging the gifts, skills and contribution of co-workers is an important proactive action that creates a heathier work environment. Folks–it is perfectly ok to be nice and to be polite.

A great deal has changed since I was a little girl. It seems as of late the courteousness, the kindness and simple gestures of respect have diminished but I do not want to relinquish the many things I learned from my parents or what is integral to who I am. In fact–sometimes I feel like I have to fight to remain compassionate, kind and understanding.

Last night I had an amazing discussion with my middle son Samuel Kent​. It seems throughout my life– both friends and complete strangers will criticize that I am way to trusting and way to forgiving. “You are way to nice” people comment. It sometimes causes me to pause and doubt who I am and what I am called to do in my life’s work. I understand our human proclivity toward suggesting our best approach to “survival” is to be cautious and unwavering but what are we relinquishing when we are forced to continually remain “on guard?” Some colleagues suggest it is much better to be hard and untrusting (preserving one’s turf) than to be open and collaborative sharing power and space.

Samuel shared with me that in his perspective this is how Creator knitted his mother. He suggested that in his 23 years he sees his mother being consistent in her approach to people and in life. Samuel beckoned me to remain true to my nature. He shared that the world appears to be shifting to a harshness that causes human engagement to be less than cordial and certainly not intended for the greater good. He encouraged me to trust Creator’s wisdom and to rely upon the inexplicable strength and compassion that emanates from the guardian of the universe. A mysterious force  that no human being or dark force can truly explain or rival.

My son Samuel reassured me it takes greater strength to remain true to oneself, to embrace the unique calling on our life and that in my continual quest to (be me) by encouraging love, forgiveness and compassion that I motivate him and others.

Gosh–what a blessing for a mother, for a single-parent to hear wisdom, maturity and encouragement from her son. I am grateful for precious moments like these. I want to share these moments of satori with my friends because I often hear that my generation does not think much of the millennials–but they do have their own perception and wisdom.

Be encouraged beloved. Embrace the unique calling of your life’s purpose–remain true to who you are. Seek and exemplify compassion for the greater good of our human race and for our planet that we all rely upon for our sustenance and existence. Let us genuinely care for one another and be kind.  With humility and gratefulness for the joy of being a mother of three amazing sons.

Elizabeth Asahi Rising Sun Sato

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