A gift arrived from Japan last year from Jaq.
The gift raises money for housing children who lost both parents on March 11, 2011 – the day of Japan’s devastating earthquake/tsunami.
My friend, Jaq, co-created the gift and its concept. I was thrilled to receive it. What is it? Peek here: Out of Japan’s Tsunami… the post simulates opening the parcel yourself.
I found Jaq in the blogosphere. The blog’s name – Jinkspots – fired my curiosity. I wrote asking about the origin of the name. Our friendship began and I learned she was from England, had married a Japanese man and had two beautiful children. Jaq and Kuri wanted their daughter and son to experience the Japanese culture, as well, so ended up making their new home in Japan about 300 miles south much before the Tsunami’s rage.
Having legitimate concerns over the misinformation regarding the cracked and broken nuclear plants, Jaq and Kuri decided to move “as far opposite” the nuclear site as possible.
They moved to a northwest location and began their new life. As Kuri began building his field of work, Jaq began baking brownies and chocolate cakes to supplement the family income. In our emails, she expressed her commitment to finding and presenting healthy food and healthy living for her family.
Jaq and I deepened our connection further through Face Book where she posted a variety of “foodie” photos and validated her dedication to organic, safe and delicious family fare.
Meanwhile, back here on West Coast of Canada a few years ago, I learned about a man named Jim who was offering “raw food” dining out of his home location. A friend and I attended one of his courses where we saw how to prepare a good mix of wholesome and healthy plant-based dishes.
Jim told us he was a prostate cancer survivor who was determined to turn his health around with plant-based eating. As he instructed us with joy and enthusiasm, I decided his vibrant energy and welcoming personality underscored his successful plan for good health.
At this course, Jim used basic kitchen tools to prepare a raw food meal that was the most delicious, entire meal I have encountered. I’ve eaten meals interlaced with exquisite raw food or plant-based dishes, but this was a whole meal – all plant-based – from appies to dessert.
Apart from the whole taste experience, I had a unique and unexpected sensation. I felt “thanks” from my body. (Try taking that to medical science as a testimonial for healing.)
Jim began serving meals once a week in his tiny dining room built on the property. He a catered meals and served them on site. I was happy to learn Jim was teaching Raw Food classes in Japan. I was even happier when Japanese chefs came here to take Jim’s course in his own kitchen.
Inevitably, Jim and his wife, Chris, were encouraged to open “Rawsome” – a plant-based restaurant in the heart of our village. It was a risky move because specialty food outlets on an island means operating from a small economic base –
especially outside of tourist season. Healthy eating is individual and the public still needs an education about the benefits of “raw”, never mind about its deliciousness. Therefore, after several months, Jim and Chris found they needed to close the restaurant. They headed over to Europe and Asia where they sampled international versions of “raw”.
Returning to the island, Jim has kept his plant-based lifestyle and profile. I recently discovered, in their Rawsome on the Road blog, their plans to offer several courses in Japan this Fall. I immediately thought of Jaq. I sent her the blog’s link so she could read about Jim’s courses.
It turns out Jim’s going to offer one in the city closest to Jaq. I wrote him asking about the cost of the course and explained my friend in Japan may want to attend. I hoped I could swing the cost for her registration.
Look at the response I received:
Jim Maurice 11:19am
“I don’ t think you need to swing it. She comes as our guest. No charge. Let me know what city she is from and give her our email : firstname.lastname@example.org”
I immediately sent this huge surprise to Jaq. Her response:
“… What a wonderful message to wake up to. Of course I would love to go! I read their blog update – it sounds so fascinating. I know that some of my friends have been going to raw food workshops. It’s definitely a hot topic here right now. What a treat!”
When hearts open, hearts respond! Jim couldn’t have validated his heart’s contents any more profoundly. His generosity will spread profoundly into untold numbers of lives.
I can only hope to meet his loving kindness with a modicum of equity by ordering from his delicious repertoire of health before he’s off to teach my friend Jaq in Japan.