"It's a beautiful day today," said the first speaker in our listening exercise. "Isn't it? Make the most of it," came the response.
My studentsby the response. "Make the most of it?" they asked. I explained that it meant not wasting what you've been given. the listening exercise, it meant not wasting the beautiful day.
I've always disliked wasting things. Food, time, money … Whenever I, it when I have to the clothing. In Japan, I find myself doing this more than in New Zealand, there aren't any clothing stores near me. In New Zealand, it's not unusual to find a shop for charities accepting used clothing and other goods a short walk from your home.
Used goods in Japan are also not as cheap as they are in New Zealand. Having walked up and down theof many Japanese secondhand shops, there seems to be a sense of "secondhand " ― secondhand goods seem to attract a price, . I've seen items at secondhand shops here that cost almost as much as brand-new ones.
But it's nice to look at old things. There's something special about seeing a table where a familysat around. I think: "What did they eat? What did they talk about?" Or it could be a leather handbag: "Where did this person go with this bag?" Maybe these memories are part of the price tag.
For exactly this reason, I've always found myself looking forward today. I love seeing what other people . It's like an how other people live. During autumn, I saw several golf sets being thrown out: "Did they start playing because they were told to by their ? Or did they enjoy golf?" I've also seen electronic keyboards, furniture and the always suitcase. (An suitcase always takes my mind to dark places: "What ... or WHO is in there?") The most interesting thing I've seen so far is one of those exercise machines that being on a at a rodeo. I wonder: "Did they reach their fitness goal?"
I always hope the former owners of these items made the most of them. In a world where so many things are made for convenience,and , I hope there were many tournaments attended with that golf set, many played with that keyboard, many drinks enjoyed around the patio furniture, and many countries visited with that suitcase. Because in so many situations in life, it's not about how much you have, but what you do to make the most of it.
The Japan Times ST: January 27, 2017