Dear All,

I hope this week’s newsletter finds you all feeling a little bit warmer here in Japan. The bad news is the rainy humid weather is just around the corner, so enjoy the current stuff while you can. It’s actually perfect at the moment for doing practically anything outdoors, gardening is a great outdoors activity, providing you have a garden which a lot of people don’t have, hiking is another good one if that’s what takes your fancy, all you have to do is go and find yourself a hiking course which in Japan is fairly easy to do, or you could just plain old lounge around on some sweet smelling grass under a nice big tree in some open space somewhere, pull out some delectables from a picnic hamper and eat and drink and make merriment with close family and friends until the cow returns to eat what you’ve been sitting on for the last 4/5 hours. There’s a national holiday coming up this Wednesday and by all accounts the weather will be good, so I’m going to try my best to out

I would like to take this opportunity to send out my very best wishes and those of the staff in my office to another staff member that is currently away in the Philippines getting herself married – all the very best M and K on your up and coming marriage and we all hope you have a long happy and productive life together – S,G,D and K.

Just before I sign off and get on with the day ahead, here are a few lines that have just come into my head that I thought I would tap out and get down before they escaped, perhaps I should have let them escape. Anyway, until next time keep breathing in good clean air, preferably the freshest you can find.

The importance of being

It’s important to keep writing even when you think you have written all you needed to write.
It’s important to keep reading even when you think you have read all you needed to read.
It’s important to keep walking even when you think you have walked all you needed to walk.
It’s important to keep thinking even when you think you have thought all you needed to think.

It’s important to keep living even though you think you have lived all you needed to live.
It’s important to keep giving even though you think you have given all you needed to give.
It’s important to keep receiving even though you think you have received all you need to receive.
It’s important to keep believing even though you think you have believed all you needed to believe.

It’s important to keep breathing even though you think you have breathed all you needed to breathe.
It’s important to keep trying even though you think you have tried all you needed to try.
It’s important to keep being even though you think you have been all you needed to be.
It’s important to keep fighting even though you think you have fought all you needed to fight.

It’s important to keep proving even though you think you have proved all you needed to prove.
It’s important to keep standing even though you think you have stood all you needed to stand.
It’s important to keep refusing even though you think you have refused all you needed to refuse.
It’s important to keep preparing for victory even though you know you must also place some importance on preparing to lose.

A poem by Stephen Austwick