Making the Most of a Disappointing Situation Part 2

friends

This post outlines a simple but powerful revelation about friends. Upon this realization, it completely altered the trajectory of my friendships for the better. It has held true within or without a disappointing situation. During hardship, however, it brings a whole new foundation of value, warmth, healing, and joy. 

Just for a moment, think of the faraway friends whom you miss the most in your life. Can you see their faces? When you consider these friendships, do slideshows of treasured memories and hilarious episodes start to play in your mind? Do they know your history and hold your secrets? Have you seen each other through impossibly difficult situations?

Consider one such friend in particular, and trace back to the very first time you met. What brought you together? Did you work or go to school with one another? Did you live with or near each other? Were you part of the same organization, temple, team, church, or group of friends? What was it that made two strangers forge such a strong friendship?

What would you give to see them right now?
And what more would you give to have them in your everyday life again?

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The Distance Between Hello and Goodbye (and some wise parting words from my mama)

mom and dad sase waving

You’d think that being Japanese, my family would have the “photo taking” thing down a little better.  Upon recently finding this old photo of my Mom and Dad, I was quickly reminded of the hilarity that undoubtedly ensued every time we tried to pose somewhat “creatively.”  In this particular photo. let’s just say that clumsiness replaced every notion of our proposed blend of beauty and gravitas.  However, my sister and I determinedly persevered through multiple attempts of snapping that intended pose amidst our belly laughs (evidenced above).

What was so compelling about trying to capture a photo of my parents waving “hello”?

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Since my health issues prevent me from posting regularly, I'd love to send you a notification of new posts. This newsletter also has a few extra thoughts from yours truly. If interested, please enter your information below, then check your inbox for an email to confirm the subscription. My truest thanks, Sase

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