(pronounced each-ee-go each-ee-ay)
I first learned of this phrase about three years ago. My dear friend, who grew up in Japan, used it to describe her admiration for the volunteer work I was doing. She explained that it was an old Japanese saying, which means “one chance, one meeting” – each meeting is unique. Her interpretation: that every chance meeting in life has a meaning to each other’s lives. I have liked this saying ever since.
This is my personal application of ichigo ichie. In my personal life, I am married to a wonderful husband and I cannot imagine being with anyone else. Had we not met several years ago at work, we would not be together today – ichigo ichie. I have a very close and special relationship with my Mother. She is an amazing and compassionate woman who has been there for me and helped me through many tough times. I could not imagine having anyone else as my Mother, so in the beginning for me, and to this day, it is ichigo ichie. Had I not met two special people several years ago, one at work and one where I was volunteering, they would not be my best friends today – ichigo ichie.
Where my healthcare is concerned, if I didn’t go to the primary care doctor I have now, I may not have met three very skilled and gifted healers who form my primary treatment team today. My main treatment now is alternative medicine. I met one healer, who suggested another healer, who suggested another healer, and there you have it – ichigo ichie times three.