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This topic has been on my mind on and off for several weeks, and even occasionally over the years. But more on the latter later, I'll start with this year.
I know I can look it up on AikiWeb on search, but for now I'll just mention the connotation it seems to have for others, and what it means to me personally. For a start, I can even cite the weather: It is raining, so what do we do with that? Do we go outside in rain gear or do stuff inside? (The we I use can mean those of us in places where it is raining right now, or just the general what do you or I or anybody else do when it rains....)
I think I read something recently here on Aiki Web that seemed to say that sunao meant the quality of humility, of being unassuming, maybe, but before I, and maybe you look it up if not too fluent in Japanese ... I'll just mention something one of my first teachers, Yamada Sensei said. I think someone asked him about what he thought was an important quality to have, it may even been the most important quality to have according to the questioner or maybe even Yamada Sensei himself. Maybe you will even get to ask him someday soon. (Maybe I will...)
The strange thing is that particular day years ago I just got a fleeting impression that it meant accepting what comes in life. Often there are choices, and similar choices often come up, so if some of us need to make different ones the next time, sometimes we do..... But I think it's important to look at what comes, and see if it's a problem or an opportunity.... I could give examples from my own life, but later for that, because right now we can check the threads, the blogs and the columns here on Aiki Web for examples, and then the newspapers or TV or the Web, or listen carefully to what your family, friends, and neighbors reveal about how they feel about their daily lives and their long term fears and aspirations.
I guess that's how we can learn to be Sunao. Maybe it can also mean observant?