We all have that question of what am I doing here when things seem to be going wrong.
Well today I walked across the most busiest intersection in the world-Shibuya in downtown Tokyo.
No-one at this road crossing seemed to care about their destination. I changed my mind three times during the crossing myself.
There were six entry points and at least twenty departure spots. Police were every where just to make sure that people kept moving 'cause once those traffic lights changed there was no time to waste, the cars had their crossing to do too.
We were interviewed by a local TV station asking us why we had travelled so far to see a simple road crossing and the energy amongst the people around this spot was tangible and exciting.
But it wasn't the hundreds of people walking orderly across the road or the way the bikes raced across first so as not to hit a pedestrian that amazed me, it was the statue of a little dog in the park next to the intersection that caught my eye.
There was once a university professor who would meet his dog Hachiko at the same time every afternoon at the railway station to walk home. It's the Japanese version of the Dog on the Tuckerbox story.
One day, the professor did not come back because he suddenly died. Hachiko,the dog, did not know this and continued to wait in their favourite spot for his Master's return. He stayed there for nine years, nine months and fifteen days before he himself died. The locals fed the dog and when he died, the professor's family had a funeral service there near the station for Hachiko.
Today a statue marks this sacred spot.
So despite the fact that there are hundreds of people every hour crossing this busy intersection, at one point in time every day, every hour, every month, every year, there was once a loyal dog who waited in the one spot for the master he loved to come home.
Does it matter where we are going or is it more important to know who you are going with and why you are there? Take the time to jump out of the queues and crowds and ponder the moment you are living in. What is your purpose? What feeds your soul? Where are you going? Who would you wait nine years nine months and fifteen days for in the one spot?
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