Happy New Year!
Since this year is bound to be full of changes and excitement for my family, I found it especially important to visit a temple today. This is normally something I do with my parents, but the timing didn't work out. Luckily, I was able to tweak my transit commute a bit to take care of this in time to get to work.
The other day, I was thinking how grateful I was to be living in a country that has allowed my parents to be removed from unfavorable circumstances and my siblings and me to become contributors to society and live in general comforts -- all the while being able to partake in (some version of) our traditions. I am also glad to live in an area where I am able to buy (mostly) traditional things and visit (somewhat) traditional places, as well as hear people speak my (other?) native language. On top of all that, I get to drink Chamangos in El Monte (and Chula Vista!), attend Bat Mitzvahs, and make pseudo-Japanese food in my kitchen to remind myself of a distant land.
So, may there be fortune and luck to all (I bought a lottery ticket around the corner just before the temple), and let us not forget all the fortune that has already arrived.