Stranger in a Strange Land

I once read that in Japanese, all the words for ‘thank you’ translate more literally as ‘resentment’. This appealed to my cynical, 20-year-old self–it’s a way to acknowledge a debt we didn’t ask for, like someone holding the door for us. More powerful is to recognize that our gratitude is the payment, whether for someone […]

Brighten Black Friday

It’s funny, though perhaps appropriate, that this day—a day so focussed on commerce—is juxtaposed with Thanksgiving, a day focussed on gratitude. Gratitude is the payment we give for those things that can’t be purchased with money; the things we didn’t ask for and can never repay. Those things that are intangible and yet so important.Print […]