Dear Kawaga Family,
As you can imagine, Lauren and I have been thinking about all of you even more than usual. I wish I could tell you we’ve been through something just like this before. But, we haven’t. This truly is new ground.
Of course, during Kawaga’s 105 years, the world has seen other times of great difficulties and challenges. And, of course, we’ve seen times of great hope and joy. I think it’s that balance between these two that makes us more grateful, more resilient, more connected and more empathetic.
One thing that we can always count on is how relevant are the lessons from The Kawaga Ideal. There are so many passages that stand out at a time like this. Here’s just one for now:
“Rear him, I pray, not in the paths of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenges. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm. Here let him learn compassion for those who fail.”
We will learn from our current difficulties and challenges. And, I have every confidence that you’ll stand up in this storm, showing boundless compassion for others.
We will get through this. And, we’ll be together. Please reach out to and stay in touch with your fellow Kawaga friends and family. For now, here’s a photo that just might bring you comfort and warm your heart, as it does mine.