Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Little Things

Hansei-- A central idea in Japanese culture in which you acknowledge your mistakes and pledge a commitment to do better. It recognizes self awareness to be the first step in self improvement.

Hansei also means greeting success with modesty and humility. To stop hansei means to stop learning. With hansei one never becomes so convinced of one's own superiority that there is no more room or need for further improvement.

I always liked what the media wrote of Japanese culture. The stereotypes always seemed in such harmony with the world and self, with every action leading toward happiness and a clearer inner resolution. Sometimes to do better, we just have to know that better can be done.

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