Only in This World Can You Experience Joy, Anger, Grief and Pleasure One After Another


There is a contract employee in my office, who has worked for more than 40 years and whose work is to place an order with outside suppliers. Even if  full-time workers of my company are targeted for downsizing,  he’ll be working as long as he can work.

  • contract 契約
  • employee 従業員
  •  full-time worker 正社員
  • downsizing リストラ

He has a special skill no other workers can imitate. He is more than 24 years older than I and stern with his subordinates as far as his job is concerned. He accepts any severe request from senior managers, while he shows no mercy to middle managers like me, especially salespersons who take an order from our customers. I myself was denounced harshly the other day, when I was being scolded meekly thinking “This is a really good mental training!” My attitude seemed to get on his nerves and at last he said to me “Just go away!” lol

  • imitate 真似る
  • stern 厳しい
  • subordinate 部下
  • as far as A is concerned Aに関する限り
  • senior manager 経営陣
  • show no mercy 容赦しない
  • denounce 罵倒する
  • harshly 厳しく
  • scold 叱る
  • meekly 大人しく
  • get on one’s nerves 気に触る
  • go away どこかに行く

In his position, I could understand his anger very well. He has a chronic disease and a member of his family has a serious disease, too. He cannot quit his job because of the expensive medical expenses. He has entered the National Pension only and won’t get any retirement allowance. That’s why he, having the spirit of a true workman, tries his best to undertake any difficult task from his senior managers without hesitation.

  • chronic 慢性の
  • disease 病気
  • quit 辞める
  • expensive 高額な
  • expense 費用
  • the National Pension 国民年金
  • retirement allowance 退職金
  • undertake 引き受ける
  • hesitation ためらい

And in front of such a man am I, enjoying sales work for many years and looking very young for my age. During our conversations about a job, a little misleading expressions of mine sometimes make him angry and say “How many years have you been in this company!” Oh, scary.

  • for one’s age 年の割には
  • misleading 誤解を招くような
  • expression 表現
  • scary 怖い

It seems that the older he gets, the more easily he gets out of temper. According to a theory of brain science, this is a symptom of aging. The function of controlling anger drops with aging. Many people become gentle after they turn 60. Such people must be living in favorable surroundings. Whenever I see a senior citizen like him who can’t take a long rest doing nerve-fraying work everyday, I always think “He is the very practitioner of austrities.” Scolded by him, I can feel myself straightening up.

  •  get out of temper 怒る
  • theory 説
  • symptom 症状
  • aging 加齢
  • function 機能
  • favorable 順調な
  • surrounding 環境
  • whenever S+V SがVする時はいつでも
  • senior citizen 年配者
  • rest 休み
  • nerve-fraying 神経をすり減らすような
  • practitioner of austrities  修行者
  • straighten up 引き締まる

The other world is where similar spirits get together and a static world in a way. Only this world is where you can experience joy, anger, grief and pleasure one after another and stimuli to your heart never cease, into which you were born of your own accord so that you can grow up. So you should not regret having been born but accept anything that is to happen to you with gratitude while you’re alive in your short life.

  • the other world あの世
  • static 静的な
  • in a way ある意味で
  • experience 経験する
  • one after another 次から次へと
  • simuli 刺激
  • cease 止む
  • of one’s own accord 自らの意思で
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • alive 生きている

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te    A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.