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The 70th ‘Smile Message' from the Mayor (September 3rd, 2018)

Each month, the mayor prepares a message directed towards the councillors of city hall. As this message is openly available in Japanese to be read by the people of Miyakonojo, it has been translated here in order to openly demonstrate the current beliefs and intentions of city hall, its councillors, and our Mayor.

September 3rd, 2018 (Monday)

Good morning everyone.

Firstly, between the 27th and 29th of August, as a means of furthering a common philosophy amongst the members of staff, we were looking forward to hearing from Mr Michiaki Furuhashi of Kyocera, but due to unforeseen circumstances on their part, the course intended for the remaining half of the staff had to be postponed. With regards to that course, and with our thoughts towards holding it once more when circumstances permit, in today's message, I want to talk a bit about that philosophy's most important point, ‘The Result of Life or Work', and draw from a few quotes found within the speech intended for the course.

Amongst these documents, the following was written in ‘The Result of Life and Work':

“The outcome of one's life and work can be determined by the combination of 3 factors: attitude, ability, and effort.

Within these, ability and effort can range from 0-100, and in their combination, you may find people who neglect cooperating with others and trust only in their own abilities, in addition to those who have no faith in their own abilities but cooperate more than any other. Then you can factor in one's attitude. These thought processes, or one's ‘attitude towards life', can range from negative 100 to positive 100. In other words, changing your attitude can result in a complete 180 in terms of the outcome of one's life and work.

Alongside one's ability and effort, a positive attitude is vitally important to one's character as a person."

So then, what in particular are these positive and negative ways of thinking?

“To begin with, positive ways of thinking are as follows:

  • Maintaining an optimistic, positive, constructive manner.
  • Making efforts to work in a cooperative manner with everyone you work with.
  • Being earnest, modest, honest, and hard-working.
  • To not be self-interested, but rather to know of yourself as sufficient, and to hold a thankful heart.
  • To fill yourself with a virtuous mind, and bring kindness to others."

 

“On the other hand, negative ways of thinking are like what follows:

  • Maintaining a pessimistic, negative, uncooperative manner.
  • To fill yourself with negative thoughts, and to cause concern for those around you.
  • Being disingenuous, arrogant, dishonest, and slacking.
  • Being overly self-interested, and consistently discontent.
  • To fill yourself with thoughts of unfairness, and becoming resentful of others."

 

With regards to the positive mindset mentioned here, it is as I always ask of our staff; that is, always greet and interact with others in a bright and cheerful manner, and in maintaining such practices, you will surely find that you're life and work will produce great results.

For example, whether you're taking in what I'm saying at face value, or whether you're considering and accepting these words at a deeper level, will likely later result in a large difference in your work and life.

Furthermore, all organisations have things such as staff reassignments, and city hall is no different. As an example, what we observe of people during these reassignments is strongly reflective of their human nature and thought processes, particularly in the case where they are confronted with the reality of a reassignment that they do not wish for.

I myself have experienced this, having been reassigned 11 times in the 19 years I was a part of the Ministry of Finance. During this, I came to understand well the feeling of wanting to tell someone that you are reluctant to be reassigned and generally dissatisfied. However, it is not as if doing so would change things for the better. Before speaking to your superiors or the personnel division about your dissatisfaction, if you maintain a forward-thinking attitude towards your work, and put in the effort to come to enjoy the work you are doing, that is, if you hold a positive mindset as previously discussed and focus on the work in front of you, your dissatisfaction will likely disappear, and you will find yourself able to move forward once more.

In any case, in learning about this philosophy, and connecting each and everyone one of you to a bountiful life and work, the blessings of each staff member can be attributed to the stimulation within the organisation, resulting in the growth of the city, bringing further blessings to its citizens. It is for this reason that I hope that each and everyone one of you from hereon in take a proactive approach in learning from this philosophy.

Well then, as we move into September, we will soon have half the year behind us, but let us look forward to the half of the year before us. It looks as though the heat will continue for a few days yet, so please make sure to look after yourselves and keep up the good work.

'Smile Message' Audio

You can find the Mayor's Smile Message in audio form on the Japanese Page (Japanese Only).


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