Today I’m honoring my wife’s heritage from Japan.
Excerpt from the Hagakure Scripture and Ancient wisdom from Japan share to me by my father during our Asia Trip:
“Before Katsushige passed on his reign
to his son, he handed him a scroll with
twenty wisdoms from his father,
Naoshige, the founder of the clan.
One of them referred to a conversation with Naoshige,
the grandfather of Katshushige’s son and heir.”
Naoshige: “To lead a nation you have to gather capable people around you.”
Katsushige: “What should I do: pray to Buddha to send me the right people?”
Naoshige: “Remember, we pray for things that are beyond our own possibilities. Recruiting capable people is something you can achieve on your own.”
Katsushige: “How should I go about it?”
“Things tend to accumulate around the person,
who loves them. Someone who loves flowers,
will soon be surrounded by flowers, even if
he had not a single seed to begin with. And
with time he will be blessed with a specially
It is the same with people. If you love people
you will soon be surrounded by wonderful people.
Make it a principle of your life to love people and respect them.”