That means good afternoon in Japanese. Why am I speaking Japanese you might ask? That's a excellent question. Unfortunately I will be traveling to Japan this month for business. Unfortunate because I will be there for the whole month of January. Unfortunate in many aspects:
- Away from my family. I will miss my kids dearly. My wife will be a *single* parent (which is difficult if your not accustom to it).
- It will be COLD! ~33-50 degrees. Brrrrr. Will be taking long johns for sure.
- There is a lot going on at my work and being away will put extreme pressure on the few co-workers that are left behind.
- I will be standing 12 hour mid shifts which is not healthy and is difficult on the body as one gets older (and I am feeling old).
- I will miss my small group bible study.
- I don't like traveling. Even though I love Japan and have lived there for 4 years, the thought of traveling invokes anxiety. I have always hated (business) traveling and post 911 does not help in any way shape or form. I do feel safer with all the new measures, but the added stress/delays/inspections makes me wonder if it is worth it.
So 1/12 of this year will vaporize in a nanosecond but I am sure it will feel like eternity while I am there. I didnt fight my bosses request to go on this trip (although I could have due to medical conditions) so I guess I will do my duties with a smile and remember that in the long run, God's will is fully in play and I must work to my full potential as if my imediate supervisor is Jesus himself. Keeping this type of mindset does relieve anomosity, reduce stress and helps me to focus on the end of teh race itself instead of the few steps right in front of me.
Nihongo o benkyou shiteimasu - jaa mata