The journey of seeking an answer can be an answer itself. That is a little nugget I took away from our family's recent homecoming visit to Japan. Literally, "everything" we planned for this trip ahead of time was uprooted and needed to be shuffled as we experienced our days in Japan due to the stomach flu we caught somewhere in between. Some plans got canceled entirely, and some of our days while staying in Japan were spent in bed. Yet on the last day, as we were flying out of the airport in Tokyo, I was left with gratitude and contentment, not an ounce of regret or disappointment from spending days taking turns being quite sick. Then I read an essay somewhere that said, “happiness is not about everything external working perfectly. Rather, it’s about finding contentment in the given situations and circumstances”.

That could be also my lesson for the trip.




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