This Magic Monday, we reflect on the transitional theme of autumn and how every moment matters.
Nothing lasts forever, and it’s during this time of year, especially in which that sentiment becomes crystal-clear in nature. The days get shorter, leaves transition from their summer green, resplendent in their new red, yellow and orange hues. And above, flocks of birds of all kinds overrun the skies seeking warmer weather as the temperature shifts.
The Japanese have a proverbial phrase to recognize this transience in all life, called “ichi go ichi e” (pronounced: ee-chee goh ee-chee eh), which directly translates to “one time, one meeting,” although we typically understand the meaning as “a once in a lifetime encounter.”
This phrase is most typically applied to our encounters with one another, igniting awareness of the fact that you may never again see the people you encounter today. “Ichi go ichi e” encourages a state of mindfulness as we come into contact with new lives each day. In business and personal terms, it asks, ‘How would you create an unmatched experience for this person at this moment? If it’s someone you typically see every day, how will this encounter be different from the previous?’
During this season of transition and gratitude, let us continue to be mindful of the lives we touch each day.