after greetings to my 'ohana,
of white paper strips tied to winter-bare trees. A curious,
yet beautiful sight, creating a vivid, lasting memory of visiting a
Tokyo shrine on New Year's Day, 1974. A sight so memorable, it came
to mind when I was thinking up a group activity for the New
the strips of white
paper tied to bare branches;
exponential power of group prayer; "If
two or more are gathered...";
and the Lourdes
phenomenon -- the most frequently fulfilled prayers were by
those who accompanied the ailing on their pilgrimage to the
healing waters of Lourdes in France, as well as those who had
prayed for others!
Our New Year's Day
guests were given these instructions: "On
this strip of paper, write down 3 accomplishments that you would
like to have completed by this time, 2003. Fold this lengthwise and
tie it to the wishing tree with your name on the outside."
Each guest was assigned
a partner. Together, each pair shared (declared) their hoped-for
accomplishments with one another, selecting in the interest of time,
their most desired accomplishment to share with the group.
We then formed a circle.
One at a time, each declared their most desired accomplishment to
the group. Holding hands, we united the group with a prayer
asking for the fulfillment of the desired accomplishments. A
squeeze of joined hands was passed around the circle. When it
reached the originator, hands -- still held together -- were raised
up to symbolically raise the prayers upward.
"And so be
The group was encouraged
to keep sending positive thoughts and actual encouragements to each
other during the year. These were the results with their most
desired accomplishment in bold:
Finish front garden. Finish garden wall. Finish
south retaining wall.
Complete another healthy, happy, and fun school and personal year.
Stay in a size 10 (or smaller) pant size. Create a
cactus garden arean and butterfly/bird flower garden.
Iain: Get an
income source (a job, lottery, etc.). Publish a book. Complete
Ph.D dissertation. Learn violin jigs. Go to India,
Thailand & Africa.
Orin: Get a new
job. Get a new car. Get back into a workout schedule.
Ethan: Do experiments
to be proud of. Perform a raag on the bansuri. Lead
5.10s at the gunks.
Clear the dining room table. Get a new car. LeRoy
will have the roof fixed.
Be more organized. Clean and throw away stuffs in
bedroom. Sit and enjoy and relax more often.
family time -- take trips. Have a job I
enjoy. Fix house / take Hawai`i trip.
and do well the next year of hygiene school. Lose at least
10 lbs. Finish Kyle's photo album.
learned. Use the potty :). Speaking well, leg
straightened out, no more bottles! :) Continue to be a
happy baby. :)
Kisa: Get yard
cleared and in order. Decide on house remodeling for
floors/ceiling. Exercise more.
before 40. No more wars. Early retirement.
Complete house plans. Greater success in investing. Fix
Aunty D: Get
physically fit. Write every day. Stay in touch with
Complete remission. Observe peace on Earth. Travel
Aunty Sue: To
be gainfully employed. To prioritize my time and
energies. Lose weight and get in shape.
current job with dignity and honor, while getting a more exciting
and creative job. To be a better wife to Jonathan -- someone who
is more understanding at times. To take time to find out what
interests me -- rather than what will make my life easier.
promotion. A new house. Healthy year for the family.
Improve my golf game. Complete all home improvements.
Buy a new house.
Join the church choir. Finish making curtains for my
home. Clean out and organize old files.
Make a 4.0 GPA. Score 16 points in a basketball game.
Lose weight. Back here next year. Everybody have a
very good year.
Be good about completing my aerobics classes, and try to stay
fit. Get work done around the house. Hope to win a nice
jackpot at Vegas!
Dawn: Stay in
school after I graduate. Run Honolulu marathon in 3:30 or
less. Work (Volunteer) at the medical examiner's office.
Now that these are
posted, we will refold them. The tree will serve as a focal
point for our prayers for you. We will be at least two who are
gathered in prayer, and we invite you to join us, whenever you feel
Alana, Uncle Larry,
Lauren, LeRoy, Eddie, Aileen, Steve, Shannon, and Matt, it's
never too late to add your desired accomplishments to the tree and
list. One of the advantages of the Internet, is that this list
is revisable. E-mail me
and I'll add them by proxy to the list and to the tree.
"Life is a Gift."
P.S. If you would
like to share a portion of yourself with words, in response to
this journal entry, you may do it here.
only gift is a portion of thyself..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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