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Hyo Jin Moon April 15, 2007 Belvedere, 7:00 am

Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim’s speech Sunday 15 April 2007. My ability to convey what was actually said is limited. These, at most, convey some sense of what Hyo Jin nim said and are not a verbatim record. Hyo Jin nim’s website is: To see two of the projects that Hyo Jin nim is working on log on to: and Joe Kinney

Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC. All welcome Hyo Jin nim and offer a standing bow. Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage. How have you been doing? (Hyo Jin nim last spoke at Belvedere Feb 18th. He has just returned from performing in Korea and Japan.)

Is everybody OK?

Let’s talk about self.

You know there are so many self-help books out there. Improve yourself this way or that way…

What is the first step? If you read any books that is the kind of guidance that you want.

Normally if they have a proper perspective it has to focus on you.

You have the answer. What is your best? What can you do best?

That is the first answer you need. You have to question yourself and give the answer.

You have to do that. What can I do best?

For the time being just put aside the idea that "I want to be the best, the greatest."

Just what can I do best?

Knowing your limits and because everything has its time and place.

Time ticks forward so you have to think in the present before you think about the future.

And when you think about the present and knowing the limit means that’s how you lived and you think about history. That’s when you think about the past.

Finding your best if you have to make that conclusion, you can only find it today.

Tomorrow might be different. Hopefully that’s how you’re going to get better.

So you have to ask yourself: "what can I do today, what is my best?"

And if you have that insight then you can think about what is my greatest.

And even when you have that answer of being the greatest that you can be, then comes the greater responsibility.

If you do, and I believe we do, as we live with God, in relation with God, a relationship with God, you have to think about a greater responsibility.

Obviously you’re not just doing this for yourself, right? So why do I have my greatest? What is it for? You have to answer that question too.

That means that you give, and that’s very inevitable. That’s the next point; that’s the next phase.

The final phase would be that living that life, you have to expand because you can always do more. And more is in tomorrow, never in today or yesterday.

So from there you find your direction and you invest your life, your short life. (Laughter)

You have to think that even the greatest is relative. Right? Not everybody can be number one, the champion.