Posted by: knightbird | May 9, 2012

Arugamama

Dr. Henry Emmons has been working to help people improve their lives through diet and nutrition, along with a healthy dose of mindfulness. While reading his blog, he introduces us to this word in Japanese and the meaning behind it: “Arugamama is a state of unconditional acceptance of yourself and your life as they are at this moment, but with the simultaneous intention to act in positive ways to create change.” This applies perfectly to the concept of lean management. We accept who we are and the reason for why we are who we are. We are who we are. Our past is our past. We can’t change it. This train of thought reminds me of Kung Fu Panda Master Oogway, who said: “Quit, don’t quit? Noodles, don’t noodles? You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.” In lean, we don’t blame any person or circumstance for what we are. We accept ourselves. We need to continue without blame or shame, and yet understand that we can create positive change. So we set ourselves to make improvement a part of our present. I don’t worry about when we will achieve the change. It will happen if change is a part of our present. We can celebrate it when it is a part of our present.
I mentioned in a prior post that I believe Taiichi Ohno had Buddhist thought in mind when he created the Ohno Circle and that I believe he was teaching us to observe in the present. Leaning to See as Mr. Shook and Mr. Rother explain it is important to improving. And in order to see, you need to be present.
It is also Buddhist thought to create change. And that is what we do.
Arugamama, my friends.

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