宮澤章二 Miyazawa Shouji (1919-2005)
To Grow Accustomed
Don't get used to things
Don't grow accustomed
Don't ever grow accustomed
Because when you grow accustomed
You lose your sense of wonder
And when you lose that sense of wonder
Life is over
There is nothing more fearsome than growing accustomed to things
Everything should always be a first
Everything should always be a fresh start
No matter how many times you do the same thing
Each day [you do it] should be a "first"
And because it's a "first"
You should tremble with nervousness
And it's fine to tremble
It's because it's a fresh start that you tremble
That's a given
translation by beloved M-Sensei
I encountered this today – and I was struck. It reflects on an issue I am thinking about myself for quite some time. And it points out like it is – it's more frghtening to get accustomed to something than to encounter a new challenge. Not the moment you going thru it but long-range. Standing still. Trying to achieve something, every day, waking up and starting to walk, to look forward. Instead of settle down in unpleasant surrounding, change things, think, create – stay curious.
During the last months I had the chance to encounter a wonderful lot of breathtaking art (Hokusai), music and people. All of them always searchiing for new borders to step over, new ways to challenge themself, may it be in terms of skill, character or surrounding. I am thoroughly infused and inspired by them. I am even lucky enough to name some friends. May it be photographer, textile/graphic designer, painting, visual arts, jewerly making or cooking – they are a bunch of great people.
he is one of those: Nishimoto Takeshi – a great guitar player and composer during one of his concerts two weeks ago