Dear San Domenico,
A 300-year-old text called the Hagakure was the classic guide for the Samurai. It includes advice on etiquette, swordsmanship, and a distinctive philosophy of life: Accept reality completely. Act according to the ideal unflinchingly.
The text gives this advice on the rainstorm: There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. By doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be troubled, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.
If we accept what is most challenging in our lives, we find that those experiences are what give us strength and courage. And either way, we will still get soaked!
Welcome back and have a wonderful year!
Director of Philosophy, Ethics, and World Religions