Wisdom of the Ages 367

An extremely thoughtful contribution from Marjorie E. Holme to the Wisdom of the Ages project has arrived in my inbox this morning, it reads:

Okage Sama De is a Japanese phrase that, like most Japanese phrases I’ve come across, seems to have many meanings. It’s used to say “thank you,” especially to a teacher. The translation I like best is “I am what I am because of you.”

Ever since I came across this phrase a few years ago, it has stuck in my mind and I keep turning it over and seeing new facets. All past, present, and future interactions will affect both me and those with whom I’m interacting. It makes me much more conscious of what I say and do!

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