Stories of Simple Wisdom Changing the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands in Japan and Now Released in the US

The Woodlands, TX (PressExposure) October 19, 2009 -- If we woke up each day not knowing how much longer we would have our home or possessions, we would undoubtedly appreciate them more. When applied to friends and family, the obvious wisdom and simplicity of the fact that ‘what we have is not ours forever’ should ensure we cherish every moment with them. Something You Forgot ... Along the Way: Stories of Wisdom and Learning (Ichimannendo Publishing), by Kentetsu Takamori, is a compilation of some of the most beautiful stories about loss, change, and human nature that has ever been put together.

There are a total of sixty-five short stories in this incredibly meaningful book that help bring Takamori’s philosophy to life. He learned through experience that ‘once the reality of nothing being permanent sinks in, we cannot help but treasure each moment of our association.’ As the stories guide us to see deeper into life they focus on the importance of honor and perseverance, emphasizing that success only comes through the fruit of our efforts. Anyone struggling with the results of a poor economy, lost job or lost housing or business, will surely find positive answers to believe in with Something You Forgot...Along the Way. Once we accept the inevitability of change – we have taken the first step towards a brighter future.

Takamori’s writing style is without a doubt, a fit-for-all. The lesson in each story is honesty, the frankness unforgettable, drawing readers to its direct and unapologetic message (please see sample story below). Each page radiates sincerity and goodness, inciting the reader to want to be a better person. If this could be required reading for the whole world, one can only contemplate what peaceful outcome might occur.

TIP SHEET: Example of Story: A family that was always at loggerheads lived side-by-side with a family that was as peaceful as could be. A, the head of the quarrelsome family, was mystified by how well everyone got along next door. Finally one day he called on B and said in desperation, “Our family is always quarreling, as I’m sure you can tell, and I don’t know what to do about it. I see that everyone in your family gets along beautifully. Please tell me what your secret is?”

B replied “There’s no secret in particular. It’s probably because everyone in your family is always in the right. Over here, all of us are always in the wrong, so there’s no quarreling. That’s all there is to it.”

Certain that he was being ridiculed, A was about to explode in anger when a loud crash sounded from inside the house. It sounded as if a piece of crockery had fallen to the floor. The voice of a young woman said penitently, “Mother, I’m so sorry. All because I didn’t look where I was going, I went and broke that dish that meant so much to you. It’s my fault. Please forgive me.” “Nonsense,” said the voice of her mother-in-law. “It’s not your fault at all. I kept meaning to put the dish away, and never got around to it. I never should have left it there in the first place. I’m the one who has to apologize.”

Then it dawned on A: “I get it. Everyone in this family is always in the wrong, and says so. That’s why there’s no quarreling.”

Reviews: Virginia Esteban of Hoyen Delaware: “Takamori’s book is a jewel.” Keith Lorenz: “It is small enough to put in your pocket but large enough to change your life.” Midwest Book Review: “The stories carry much in philosophy and are heavily Buddhist inspired.” Bonnie Neely of “I highly recommend this book.” Duane Benjamin of Urbanology Magazine: “Warm and profound stories.” Jerry Groebner, Lake Region Times: “Why did I forget these simple things?” Karen Hinson, Machias Valley News Observer: “It provides valid daily lessons in humility and understanding.” Press Release Distribution By PressReleasePoint

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