It is always difficult to know each culture’s ways, especially when it comes to ceremonial occasions. You’re not supposed to show up with an empty hand for someone’s birthday party even if you were told not to bring any gifts, you’re expected to wear your boldest aloha clothes for someone’s locally-themed funeral, or many Chinese people wear red and black for a funeral unlike black only, which is Japanese common understanding. The list goes on.
The most important thing is to consider about the host’s delight as the top priority for each occasion. You will then naturally become a part of the Hawaii community.
About 2 months ago, I slipped and fell on the floor upon my return home from work. What caused it was a water leak from the above unit onto my dining room table and onto the floor.
Living by myself on the first floor of a townhouse can be sometimes very stressful without anyone to turn to for help. The owner of a damage-causing unit would not provide sufficient cooperation to solve the problem.
However, no time for whining, as I do have my own strategy including potential lawsuit; American system can be cold at times, but I will not give in.
As I mentioned in the previous issue, we need to prepare and equip ourselves in advance for any circumstances. Do a self-check for your company and yourself, the "3 Ps" will be important.
It is important to decide your company’s ideal profit ratio, and keep it stabilized.
- Pay Attention
Caring for individuals is vital, and even in this SNS era, we need a balance of both offline and online when following up.
Sense and sensibility can be honed by curiosity, and people naturally gather around those with cultivated mind.
Why don’t you start checking with these “3 Ps”?
I would like to share the meaning of each word consisting of “HOPE,” which I treasure for my daily mindset.
- “H” Honest
To be happy, we need to have good relationships with people. To build the relationships, it is important to “share our honest opinion” and “not betray others.”
- “O” Obey
Even when we have an argument, if we realized that the other was right, we should sincerely obey him/her.
- “P” Peace
It is important to have “inner peace” especially where teamwork is needed.
- “E” Equip
We need to prepare and equip ourselves in advance for any circumstances.
When we prepare ourselves, there is mental preparedness not only physical. I will go further on it in the next issue, so stay tuned!
It is important to realize where you position yourself in this constantly changing world. To do so, it is always essential to know what is going on around us in society.
With this belief in mind, on a weekend, I dared to go explore Kapolei by myself, a rapidly developing area quite a long way away from my home, which is on the opposite side of the island. From there my exploration went on into Kailua, Waimanalo, and finally Waikiki.
All these trips made me see and feel in person how Hawaii’s economy and landscape is evolving, and at the same time, opened my eyes that you cannot keep developing unless you have some creative new ideas with a twist. How about you? What are your findings from your daily life?