Doing the right thing – ただしい道を選ぶ

あなたの御言葉は、わたしの道の光、わたしの歩みを照らす灯。

人生において神さまからの声というものに気付くことがある。その声がはっきり聞こえれば聞こえるほどそれが使命であることが分かり、どの困難にも関わらず従わざるをえないときがある。この度、神さまが私を交差結合された東京の格子風景から栃木県の田舎、アジア学院というところへと呼び出した。

アジア学院は共同体生活に基づいたリーダーシップ学校である。そこには、有機農法や自給自足、コミュニティー・ビルディングや平和活動が教えられており、そのユニークなところで私は過去に一年間ボランティア活動をしたことがある。そしてこれからは広報を担当する職員になる。

私は東京の慌ただしい生活には慣れなかった。自分の価値と真反対な場所であり、人間に残酷なこの街、そして自分を憎むべき姿に変えてゆく映画業界での退屈な事務仕事・・・私が何千人の都会人のようにうつ病に陥らなかったのは、心を支えてくれた友人のおかげだと思う。

そういう中で神さまが扉を開いてくれた。そして、日本が戦後最大の危機に晒されてアジア学院の将来も原発問題で不明確になっている今こそ、私がそこにいるべきことをかたく信じている。ベストを尽くすつもりで私は物を整理して金曜日にアジア学院に引っ越してきた。

いろんな意味で目が開かれたから東京で学べたことを感謝する。この国、私たちの世界がこれよりも深刻なチャレンジとたくさん向かい合うに違いない。だけど私は希望でいっぱいです。神さまはともにある。


RoadToARI

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

There are times in life when you hear God’s call so strong and clearly that you can’t do anything else than follow it against all odds. This time, God has called me out of the cross-linked gridscapes of central Tôkyô, to live and work at the Asian Rural Institute, in rural Tochigi prefecture.

The Asian Rural Institute is a community-based leadership school. It teaches sustainable organic farming, self-sufficiency, community and peace building among other things. In this unique and amazing place I had spent a year of volunteering in the past. Now I am becoming a public relations staff member there.

I never got used to the hectic lifestyle of Tôkyô. A city so contrary to my values, so hostile to its people, and my tedious work as an office rat in the movie industry turning me into someone I hated to be… Hadn’t it been for a group of friends there, I might have plunged into urban depression, just as thousands of others.

That’s where God opened this door. And especially now that Japan is going through her biggest crisis since the war and the near future of ARI has become uncertain due to the nuclear power plant crunch I am convinced that this is the place I ought to be now. I wrapped up my stuff and moved to ARI yesterday. I’m willing to give my best.

I am thankful for the things I could learn in Tôkyô. It had opened my eyes in many ways. This country, our world will face more and bigger challenges. But I am filled with hope. God is here.


2 thoughts on “Doing the right thing – ただしい道を選ぶ

  1. I’m glad you are at ARI now!! The community really needs helping hands. I believe you will be a really big help to everybody up there.
    Say Hi to everyone and I hope the atmosphere at ARI can be optimistic every now and then, even though it’s a really dark time right now.

  2. Thanks Frauke! I really enjoy my time here.
    Yes, sometimes we become gloomy, but at the same time we experience so much support and love from people from all over the world. We have a lot of visitors, helpers and donations. The situation with the NPP remains grave, and we are much concerned about radiation.

    I read your report in the newspaper and showed it other ARI staff! We are happy about it! Kaori-san says she misses your smile. ^__^
    Hope to see you soon!

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