“Simple is best” and “I do my best” are my concept of my life.
When I was doing acting in Hollywood (around 1990), I had enjoyed so much with a lot of friends in party and club (disco), but after I moved to Newport Beach, Orange county (in 1998) due to my work/green card (I had worked at Entrepreneur Media Inc. as a staff writer for 6 and a half years, and I also worked as a freelance journalist with many other Japanese media) I realized that calm life style “simple is best” is good.
At that time I had lived in Newport Beach (right now I live in near Hollywood), I woke up at 5:00am and worked at Entrepreneur Media Inc. from 7:00am to 4:00pm every day, and if I don’t have a freelance project I always exercised at the gym or walked near by the beach…I had a healthy lifestyle in Newport Beach.
Since then I focus on “quality, not quantity” for everything such as friends, furniture, clothing etc. I am trying to enjoy my life with less people, less goods and less things.
Life is short. So I would like to have good (for me) people, goods, and things for my fulfilling life.
I don’t have religion, but I believe in spiritual power.
These days, “ZEN” is one of the famous word from Japan in the world, and Zen with “MEDITATION”, these two things in one lifestyle (calm and relax, maintain the mind with meditation) are very popular in U.S.
I do Zen (try to calm and do meditation), and I have been cleaning my home with “Zen Cleaning” (I named my cleaning style, “Zen Cleaning”).
By the way, I do spring cleaning in March because my birthday is in March and I need to start a fresh year after spring cleaning.
But we (Japanese) do big cleaning (spring cleaning) in winter (close to the end of the year) for a fresh new year.
Since November 14th, I have been cleaning little by little like Zen. Yesterday was the 11th “Zen Cleaning” day, I counted number of things (furniture, clothing, plates etc.) in my home and wipe/polish & organize/cleaning with appreciation, yes I have been enjoying “Zen Cleaning” again.
So far the number is 2456… I still need to do “Zen Cleaning” in my living room and bath room.
When I see shining light balls and glasses… I feel New Year and feel happy…
As I said, I don’t have religion, so I say, “Happy Holidays” to you.
By Yoko FujimotoLos Angeles
December 7, 2015
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