ARE YOU BRINGING JOY?

"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is one of my favorite statements by Emerson. Apart from being America's philosopher, Emerson was one of the world's greatest naturalists. He understood that our experiences (including our productive experience (work)) is, at its most fundamental level, driven by our internal world. And the state of our internal world determines the quality of our experiences. 

At JEMA, we are driven by this philosophy and in its simplest form, our mission is to bring joy to those we work with. Our annual retreat took place again in a rural acreage where we all took part in refreshing our internal selves and bringing joy to others.

 JEMA's retreat location is a page out of Thoreau's Walden Pond

JEMA's retreat location is a page out of Thoreau's Walden Pond

 Hanging out on the dock and enjoying a beautiful day.

Hanging out on the dock and enjoying a beautiful day.

 Being in the forest, it submerges one. In Japan, its called "forest bathing".

Being in the forest, it submerges one. In Japan, its called "forest bathing".

 Civil Life beer and Beast BBQ: life is good!

Civil Life beer and Beast BBQ: life is good!

 How is good is your slingshooting?

How is good is your slingshooting?

 Being "with" and being "laid back"

Being "with" and being "laid back"