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Ichi-go ichi-e

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Treasure every moment!

Recently a dear friend’s father passed away from a sudden heart attack. A couple of days later I received news that the executive director of a group I belong to also passed away suddenly. In both cases, they showed no signs of any trouble.

The Japanese have an idiom: ichi-go ichi-e. It means “one opportunity, one encounter”. It also can be taken to mean “for this time only”, “never again”, or “one chance in a lifetime”. It comes down to treasuring every moment.

Some of my FFfT have been about being present, some about relationships, others about service. Ichi-go ichi-e encompasses all of them.

“One opportunity, one encounter.”

You only get one chance to make a first impression.

Learn something new from every person you meet and every experience you encounter.

Learn by observing.

Cherish every moment.

You never know if you will meet someone again, so your first encounter may be your last, but every encounter is an opportunity to meet someone and learn from them.

Ichi-go ichi-e – seize it!

“It’s the little moments that make life big.” —Unknown

Have a great weekend.


About Friday Food for Thought (FFfT)

I frequently attend conferences and retreats on entrepreneurship and leadership and while I am away, the J2 team picks up the slack, allowing me to learn to be better at what I do. I wanted to share what I was learning with my team, so I created the weekly FFfT emails in November of 2015 and have been writing them ever since.

Before long, the J2 staff began sharing the FFfT emails with their friends and family and now other leaders have asked to be included, which led to the creation of this newsletter. I hope you enjoy!