As I mentioned briefly, I'm going on vacation (which had already been planned before I got laid off...I've decided not to change my plan) from 12/10 to 1/2. Besides visiting my family and friends in Japan, this vacation includes something that I really wanted to do: Going to the Eco Products 2008 Exhibition in Tokyo. This will be their 10th annual event - they are expecting more than 750 companies and organizations to participate, drawing more than 170,000 visitors.
I went there in 2006. I was impressed, encouraged, moved, and inspired. This was the event that changed my perspective about being eco-friendly from "I want to be eco-friendly" to "I want to promote being eco-friendly". When I came back to the States, I searched to see if there was anything like this in the States, but I couldn't find anything close to this size and scope. Not knowing quick-and-easy way to get involved and do something, and to more extent being consumed by my day-time job, I didn't take any action.
But this was something that I always had on back of my mind. So this year I had decided that I was going back and see the Exhibition again. To be able to attend the event and stay for Christmas and New Year's, I even arranged to work from Japan. Not that it matters now - but I'm so glad that I went extra step to make sure that I could attend this event then. It almost seems that I meant to have this opportunity to give more attention to my life mission.
Things happen for reasons. I've said this once earlier, but I really feel that being laid off happened for reasons and it's giving me an opportunity.
I can't wait to go to the Eco Products 2008. I'll be sure to report on it.