The recent events in Japan have cast a somber shadow over my spirit. My heart is heavy, and my thoughts are with all of you.  As I look back on the wonderful adventure I have lived among you, I am reminded of what I have learned from you, the people of Japan.

I have learned that we are the temple of the Great Spirit, and great imagination and opportunity abides within us. With the acceptance of which we are, with the awareness of the problems at hand, and with a commitment not only to ourselves but also to each other, we can and will triumph over any challenge. The rewards for those that persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory.

I have learned that a nation with Imagination is a nation with wings.  Imagination is the master of art as it is the master of life. Imagination will carry us to places that never were. Japan is great because of the dreams of its beautiful people.

I have learned that death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live. We can never let the music within us grow silent.

I have dedicated this performance of Imagine to you, the great people of Japan, and will pray for your quick recovery.

神さまが守るように

kami sama ga mamoru youni

 

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