I can almost touch it.
This, the reverse blade of the sword he wields. I am -- entranced by the X scar drawn upon his cheek. He used to be a manslayer - that legendary man who bears the name of Battosai Himura. Leaving his bloody past behind, he treads Japan with the goal of peace, of a new era! And retains the name of Kenshin Himura. The heart of sword.
Okay. Enough of that.
These past few days, I've been watching over and over again the three live action movies of Samurai X - Rurouni Kenshin, Kyoto Inferno and the Legend Ends. It's quite brutal, you see - amazing sword fights, fisticuffs, lots of blood. Well it really is brutal, but I know it isn't real. Aside from the whole thing looking so close to its anime counterpart, the story isn't only about fighting. It inspires mastery of craft, humility, and love in different forms! I loved it!
Actually I loved it so much, I got addicted to it. Each day, I allow myself to be in awe of the beautiful lines, fighting scenes, and basically, just the whole thing, that I fail to do stuff other than watch the movie. I feel helpless, finding in me this overwhelming fondness time and time again. It is such kind of beauty that makes me want to surrender.
And so I brought it to God.
"Lord, I'm so fond of this movie... I like how Kenshin..." I told every little thing to Him, spelling out every inch of awe I have for the movie.
What kind of world do you want to see, Elaine? What is your purpose?
God seemed to ask.
I thought why these are the questions I got from my prayers. Probably, it's because Kenshin Himura mastered sword fighting with the burning goal to bring a new era to Japan. He wants a world of peace, where people will no longer live in fear or feel the need to kill to save somebody. He longs to breathe the air of freedom and cherish the richness of life - something that he, himself, once deprived from many people. With much regret.
So God's question seems, how about you, Elaine?
I don't know, exactly.
Kenshin is a samurai. I'm a teacher. Also a writer. Perhaps, I can work on these facts.
Then I remembered something.
It is a fiction.
Samurai X, Rurouni Kenshin, Kenshin Himura - it's just somebody's imagination! I searched about the manga writer and found that Kenshin Himura is Nobuhiro Watsuki's masterpiece!
Then I thought of the real thing - the Legend, whose Name was written in history.
That one Person of great wisdom and authority who once walked the earth, and made it entirely new. Him, who destroyed darkness with his glorious light.
Him, who selflessly loved and still loves.
He, who lives.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Monday, January 2, 2017
The new year strode through my windows like sunlight.
As all other days did.
I decided to sleep the noisy 31st day away, and let New Year pass through our door. Imperceptibly.
And so when I woke up in the morning, it was all around me.
People were saying that everything's as fresh as new. It seemed like the year looked like a blank canvass set in front of us, prepared to receive the messy streaks of paint - or such that usually comes with a new journal with empty lines to write on.
But it did not feel that way to me.
For me, 2017 is just next to 2016 - just as 2 is next to 1. We've been doing the count down from 1 to 30 or 31 over and over the whole year. For 24 years, for me.
So if you want to do something big, new, or courageous, why wait for the day after Dec. 31?
It's a new year.
And it's just another day.
Each day, everything's as fresh as new. Each day is a blank canvass set in front of us, prepared to receive the messy streaks of paint. Each day is a new page with empty lines to write on.
And all yesterdays disintegrate to nothing everyday.
I don't want to ruin the fun.
But I tell you, this will help in the middle of the year.
It's New Year everyday.