A genuine victor is one who continues to take action and advances, despite any setback. Resolve to yourself that adversity is nourishment for growth as a person and forge ahead with optimism!
I extend my appreciation to the members of the young men’s brass band and the young women’s fife-and-drum corps who are valiantly participating in various local events. Your hope-filled melodies are wondrous sounds that spread joy in our communities and inspire and uplift the hearts of friends!
Nichiren Daishonin admonishes, “In the course of a day one at least smiles twice or thrice in [the parents’] direction.”(*) Let’s engage with our mothers and fathers with a smile and remember to convey our appreciation with words. Let’s treat our parents with care, kindness and respect with the spirit of repaying our debt of gratitude. (*)”Four Virtues and Four Debts of Gratitude,” WND Vol. 2, p. 636.
Let’s each determine to challenge something new this summer! Making a goal is the first step toward courageous transformation! Let’s ensure that each day is one of great satisfaction and fulfillment!
Young men undergoing training in the Soka-han and Gajo-kai(*) volunteer groups, do your best! Youth is a time to forge and strengthen one’s life. Polish your character and shine by implementing the three ways of faith, practice and study! (*)Soka-han: young men’s traffic and safety group Gajo-kai: young men’s activity center security group
Reading nourishes the soul, and good books serve as good friends for our lifetime. Let’s challenge ourselves to read masterpieces from throughout the ages! Together, let’s spend a summer of great growth and development as we deepen our character and cultivate profound wisdom and insight
Our voice and the written word are the driving force for kosen-rufu. Let’s engage in dialogue brimming with our best wishes and goodwill and send postcards and letters conveying our heartfelt message. Let’s spend summer fostering cordial friendship. Translation of “Words of the Week” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application. http://www.daisakuikeda.org (write firstname.lastname@example.org for daily mailings)
Beware of sudden downpours and lightning strikes! Take utmost precautions against tornadoes and mudslides, as well. Prudently stay on top of weather reports and make safety your number one priority!
During the summer holidays let’s spend quality time with our children, listening well to what they have to say. Treasured memories between parents and their children become the wellspring for creating a joyful and harmonious family and the foundation for building eternal happiness.
Let’s express our appreciation to the families who offer their homes or other facilities for meetings and activities. Strictly observe the time, don’t be wasteful of electricity or water, be careful of how and where you park your bicycle or other vehicles, and avoid loud chatter on the street. Let’s exercise even more courtesy and consideration of the family and neighbors than when we are in our own homes.