Ichigo ichie. It means one encounter, one chance. It’s a phrase from the Japanese tea ceremony, a ritual appreciation of presence, company, and joy.
One encounter with opportunity.
One chance to make it count.
Every second, every minute, every hour matters. Not as an excuse to hurry, hustle, and chase. But because time is the dimension in which possibility resides.
It’s my favorite word. For one simple reason.
Possibility will always grant us an encounter with the chance of a lifetime.
The chance of a lifetime isn’t a callback from a famous movie studio. The chance of a lifetime isn’t the publisher agreeing to buy your book. It’s not your first run on new year’s morning. Nor is it the Hot Pocket cooked all the way through.
The chance of a lifetime is now.
If you mess up, don’t beat yourself on the head with a coconut.
One chance. Many moments.