It has been a week of 10 hour days for me, a long day and I’m just exhausted. Slave angie met me at the door, took my things per our protocol and then proceeded to cook dinner. She just helped me out with planning an ad for the Power Exchange Summit run book and is quietly at her computer. It’s moments like these, when M/s may seem like it’s overshadowed by everything else that I feel the comfort and bedrock of what we’ve built. All those little things, and I can feel the service and devotion from her in each and every one.
That flow of energy and service and life is what makes M/s tick for us. In the big things, but especially in the little things.
“Among the maxims on Lord Naoshige’s wall there was this one: ‘Matters of great concern should be treated lightly.’ Master lttei commented, ‘Matters of small concern should be treated seriously.’ Among one’s affairs there should not be more than two or three matters of what one could call great concern. If these are deliberated upon during ordinary times, they can be understood. Thinking about things previously and then handling them lightly when the time comes is what this is all about. To face an event and solve it lightly is difficult if you are not resolved beforehand, and there will always be uncertainty in hitting your mark. However, if the foundation is laid previously, you can think of the saying, ‘Matters of great concern should be treated lightly,’ as your own basis for action.”
– Yamamoto Tsunetomo, The Hagakure