Arigato. The Japanese use this word to say thank you. It was one of the words my students showed me a few summers ago. Along with some limited vocabulary in their language, my class also taught me about their culture.
If you follow this column, you know that I like to share inspiring stories with you, especially of people who undertake long-distance journeys. This is one of those stories.
We’ve all felt it. You know what I mean. It’s that feeling of hesitation when we aren’t sure how much to say about a subject or hobby we find interesting.
Joannie Rochette is one of my heroes. The Canadian figure skater lost her mother to a heart attack during the 2010 Vancouver Games. A few days after her mom’s sudden death, Rochette won a bronze medal, a testament to her strength and determination. She described her Olympic experience at a conference I attended recently and afterwards I got to meet her.
They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
The first Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada. For many Canadians, accepting refugees is a source of national pride because it affirms how they see themselves as part of a welcoming people.
Courage is a word that brings to mind heroes such as Terry Fox or Joannie Rochette, the figure skater who won bronze at the 2010 Olympics only days after the death of her mother.
Two slogans I heard often as a child were, “Stop, drop and roll,” and, “Don’t talk to strangers.” Both sayings were meant to keep me safe.
We’re only as sick as our secrets. Many of us make a decision to bury our secrets, but a rare few share them with others.
It's an honour I never expected.