Purpose...First Day

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August 30th 2010
Published: August 30th 2010
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When Bridgette and I went to Donkihotei, we saw this beautiful butterfly. Special :).
Today was a day for self discovery, organizing, and getting lost. I will start out by explaining the self discovery that I am undergoing. Since graduation from Pepperdine, this last May, I have been struggling to realize my purpose. I no longer had education as the label, so what was it? I read, "The Alchemist." Afterward, I began the Peace Corp. application process and the application to teach in Japan. I was hoping my purpose was out of the country. Then, I got here. I am finding that while being here fulfills SOME of my purpose, there is another part. I'm missing the relationship part of my faith in the creator. A few days ago I started reading, "The Purpose Driven Life". Today, a poem within, by Russell Kelfer, touched my heart.

"You are who you are for a reason...
You're part of an intricate plan...
That trauma you faced was not easy
And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart...
You are who you are for a reason...

At school today: At the assembly, the Dean of Yokohama Jogakuin, introduced me to the whole student body. I, in turn, said "hello" and told them how excited I am. My mind went a little blank, but I wasn't too terrible! Afterward, I spent the day meeting new teachers, putting my new desk in order, organizing lesson plans, and making sure I knew what to take to classes and where. I was able to meet a handful of the students, that was very exciting and really made me feel a little more at home. Another thing that made me feel at home, is that Mr. Hirama was able to reimburse me for my flight in yen! What a relief, when my American debit card hadn't been accepted!

After school Bridgette introduced me to the craziest store I've ever been to. It sounds like Donkihoto. It was splendid! I got a cute Pooh Bear alarm clock and a mirror for my room! 😊 After shopping and fixing up my room, I went for a run... This is when I became "LOST". I thought I'd take a shortcut to Motomachi Park, through Yamate Park. I checked the map before I went and had no trouble at all. The problems came after I left Motomachi. This is when I began following signs for Isakawa which is supposed to be near my house. I followed up and down windy side streets until I came to a big road that I had never seen before. It was nearing dark and I realized I was in an area that was beginning to look a little scary...of course, I am a fraidy cat- I watch scary movies through my fingers and am more than a little afraid of the dark. Anyway, I began asking people...many people. A Japanese couple started to show me to Yamate Park, which would have gotten me to a place I recognized. An Australian woman, ended up asking if I'd like help. She was much more familiar with the area than I and told me which direction to run, to hit Honmoku Dori (the main road near my house). I ran that direction and excitedly found my way. When I was close to home, I began sprinting with relief. I hope I don't get lost next time 😊.

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1st September 2010

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