I have found the purpose of my life
Director of Japan Dementia Working Group
After a long pursuit, I have finally found the purpose of my life at the age of 65; to deliver love to poor people, including not only those economically poor, but also those who are lonely and poor at heart.
Every month I send 9,000 yen from my small income to an organization supporting poor children. In addition to this economic support, if possible, I would like to deliver love directly by doing volunteer work and helping with documents.
I think it is my mission to deliver love to poor people.
When I die and stand in front of God, I will be able to proudly tell Him that I had delivered love to poor children.
LIFE - LOVE = ZERO
At the age of 39, I was saved and became a Christian. I became certain I will go to heaven when I die. Since then, I have lived happily, free from worries. I was temporarily overcome with insecurity when I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but I was saved by the words of Isaiah in the Bible; “Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you”. As God preached that I, who is of little significance, am precious and honored I was saved and have lived happily and free from worries since then.
Although it is fun to live for hobbies, I used to feel empty sometimes. It is human nature to be greedy. I can live with a sense of worthiness by thinking I am contributing to others.
No matter how useless someone may seem, if you admit value in the fact that the person is alive, everyone will find it easier to live. Everyone lives not because the person is useful, but because the person is allowed to live. Everyone is precious, if you consider there is value in living itself. If you consider there is no one without value in this world, society will be friendly for everyone.
As of 2019 it has been 20 years since I developed dementia. Even if I will not be able to do anything other than receiving care in the future, it makes it easier to live if I consider I have value and I am allowed to live. I think it is important for me to regard myself as valuable even if I can’t do anything. It is also important for others to regard me as valuable and treat me as such.
Human beings respect and help each other. It is important to be modest and honest without becoming arrogant. I am really happy now as I have found the purpose of my life and I am relieved from the emptiness of life.
I can work hard for the purpose of my life. Thank you.
Trust in your ability and live your own life instead of copying that of another. You are the hero of your life. Live life without regrets.
Live your own life. If you want to compare, do so with your past self to confirm how much you have matured. Don’t compare your life with that of another, as you will become arrogant or obsequious by doing so.
2自分の能力を信じる。 自己肯定感を持って生きる。 人間は神様が作られた最高傑作なので何ができなくても卑屈にならない。自分にはわからないが神様のご計画があるからどんな時でも希望を失わない。
Trust in your ability. Live your life with a sense of self-esteem. No matter what you can’t do, don’t become obsequious because human beings are the masterpiece made by God. Although it is beyond your understanding, God has His holy plan. So, no matter what, don’t abandon hope.
Don’t surrender to hardships as there is always a way out for any ordeal. Don’t abandon hope despite any ordeal. Don’t forget to improve yourself. Believe you are under development.
Don’t cry for the moon. Be satisfied with what you have. Don’t envy others.
Trust in your infinite possibilities. Take responsibility for your own words and actions.
Make achievable plans and feel a sense of fulfillment by achieving them in your daily life.
Live your life by appreciating your remaining functions instead of counting and crying over the functions you have lost.
Shut your eyes to what you can’t do. Live by focusing on what you can. Always think positively.
Honestly admit there are things you can’t do and ask someone for help. Don’t think negatively.
Use your money for meaningful things instead of just saving it.
Think cautiously and make a decision. Once decided, believe that it is the best way and don’t have regrets.
Use your time for others. Feel pleasure in giving instead of receiving.
Don’t be afraid of forgetting things. Make records, consider it is fine to forget, and live happily.
Try new things one after another without fear of making mistakes. Be prepared to take more time than others to master anything.
Having dementia is inconvenient, but not unhappy.
Don’t focus on tiny, minute things; live liberally.
17 人の意見に振り回されることなく 確固たる自己を持つ。譲れない点には安易に妥協しない。どうでも良いことは、相手に合わせる。
Don’t be swayed by other people’s opinions. Make yourself unshakable. Don’t compromise easily for unnegotiable matters. For negotiable matters, conform to others.
Challenges include your own and those of others. Don’t enter into others’ challenges and don’t let others enter into yours.
No matter how well you can get along with someone, remember that person has a different personality. Assume there are possibilities that you two will have a difference of opinion in the future. Those who come are welcome, those who leave are not regretted.
You can change your way of living anytime. Live flexibly. Don’t stick to minute things and live flexibly.