Even an old car, taking good care of it, would last.


I’ve remembered an episode in a TV program Mr.G talked about, who had been a pioneer of Japanese jazz drummers since the end of WWⅡ.

  • pioneer 先駆者
  • WWⅡ 第二次世界大戦

When he was young, Mr.G worked part-time as a jazz performer at a base of the U.S. occupation army. He was a heavy smoker then.

  • part-time アルバイトで
  • occupation army 占領軍

A manager of the club saw Mr.G working hard late every night, so one day he gave him an expensive pack of cigarettes of a famous brand as a present. On seeing the pack of cigarettes, he saw that it was worthy of a couple of days of work. He made a gurgling sound.

  • expensive 高価な
  • on ~ing 〜するとすぐに
  • be worthy of A  Aの価値がある
  • make a gurgling sound  ごくりと喉を鳴らす

But he thought a thing, and he declined to accept it. The manager asked the reason. “A pack of cigarettes would be out soon. And after that, I have to smoke a cheap cigarette again as usual. Once I know the good taste of the expensive cigarette, the cheap one must taste very bad. If you would continue giving me the cigarette for the rest of my life, I would accept it,” he replied.

  • decline 断る
  • accept 受け取る
  • once S+V いったんSがVすると
  • rest 残り
  • reply 答える

Well, human beings, once born, get old gradually, fall ill, and die without exception. This is the right course of life. There are troubles and difficulties in life. So are diseases, misfortunes and fortunes. This is what a life should be.

  • gradually 徐々に
  • fall ill 病気になる
  • exception 例外
  • trouble 問題
  • difficulty   困難
  • disease 病気
  • misfortune 不運

If you’re always chasing for good things, don’t you feel stressed? If you don’t have any gratitude to your physical body, which was sent as a gift from God, thinking ” I hate this piece of shit,” then troubles with your body do increase. If you take good care of an old car, it will last. It is not until you accept the present situations and have gratitude to it that the course of your life begins to be corrected so that you can enjoy your life.

  • chase for A Aを追い求める
  • feel stressed ストレスを感じる
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • hate 憎む
  • increase 増加する
  • last もつ
  • It is not until S’+V’ that S+V S’がV’して初めてSはVする
  • present situations 現状
  • correct 正す
  • so that S+V SがVするように

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Thank you so much for keeping us alive.