Yesterday, I helped the staff move to a new house. Besides me, there were also two other staff members and of course we arranged a moving company to help us out.

As the old saying goes, better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away. Especially these days, we don’t have a lot of relatives, and we don’t have much of a relationship with them, so it’s hard to rely on them in case of something.

Therefore, in any case, we need to buy support with money when the time comes, but it is difficult to entrust the private area to the agencies, and when it becomes a critical situation, it becomes more and more difficult to solve the problem.

Today, because I have such a family function in my support, the people involved in my place sometimes become like family relationships with each other, and they are truly neighbors… or more than that, they are family-like neighbors who are close to each other. In fact, there are many people who feel that my facility is like a family home, and I launched Ten-Sho-An as a project for everyone’s family home a few months ago.

I truly realize how valuable it is to have a relationship of mutual support based on respect for each other’s freedom and trust, and not a relationship that requires us to tie each other down, nor one that is only driven by money.

I’m really grateful to the many people who support me, and that’s probably because I’ve continued to support them like a family, without supporting them for profit or privilege. My joy, my motivation and my “authority” is to help those who are in pain to grow up happy.

It’s not impossible to say that status, fame, money, and assets will not necessarily protect you in the future. This means that you need survival skills for any situation, relationships that can help each other, and self-belief and interpersonal skills that can maintain those things above all else.

This may be a very tough time for those who are driven by anxiety and swallowed up by the waves of the world. This is not the time to be wearing a mask…hurry up and take your mask off… it’s better for you. It’s not a good idea to wear that mask.

It’s just a little thing, but it was a celebration dinner I prepared in a hurry… It was a set menu with rice with sweet potatoes instead of rice with chestnuts.

Originally posted on October 19, 2020

English text translated with DeepL (Japanese to English) and checked by Mina.

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