LOVE, JAPANESE LESSONS, AND COOKIES
I believe life should be driven by love. I believe we must love fully and deeply and without question or qualification. There is no better life than a life lived in love. Not simply romantic love. I believe we must not only love someone, we must love some thing about the world the live in.
My life partner is Japanese. I am not. To honor our love, to better communicate, I took Japanese lessons. There is a phrase in Japanese, “ai kurasu” … “to live in love.” Love is truly the language that needs no words, and yet, now that I am able to speak and communicate in Japanese I am better able to understand the heart of the one I love. Learning to speak Japanese was the best choice I ever made… a choice based on passion and commitment and love. I love many things…my partner, our child, my work, my pets, my polka-dot high heeled shoes, my i-mac, a book my father gave me in 1982, my rattletrap car, the sunlight under the mulberry tree, and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies… My greatest accomplishment, I believe, is my commitment to love …. second only to my commitment to cookies.
The gift of love and cookies is pure and joyful. I am more certain of love and cookies than I am of anything else. I am certain that everything I achieve becomes richer with love, everything I do, shines brighter with love. … and with cookies.
…and by the way, the word for ‘cookie’ in Japanese is … “kookie.”
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