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Hyo Jin Moon January 28, 2007 7:00 am Belvedere

Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim’s speech Sunday 28 January 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 bow.

Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage. He places a small notebook on the podium

Good morning.

What’s important to us is outreach, right?

Am I reaching you?

I you could make a simple slogan; I guess we could say "If it’s un-relatable it’s un-reachable.

When we think about reaching out to people, we have to have some sort of way in which we can relate to them. When you focus on the relativity issue, relatable issue, you have to do it with people’s expectations. You have to address expectations so you can relate because everybody has expectations.

It can vary, but there is basic stuff that we all know is right and that we all know is wrong. So there is a concept of right and wrong that we generally understand and accept. And based on that understanding which is pretty much the thing that governs our lives, our deeds, we have an expectation to be a higher self, to be a better person, to be a more successful person.

Before you go out and try to start doing some kind of outreach activity, you have to kind of answer that before you try because you’ll learn it the hard way. One way or another you’ll learn the life lesson, but you will learn it the hard way. So it’s better to know your self prior to actually trying something, which is normal if you’re trying to help people, to reach out to people. You have to answer the question: "What is my expectation?"

How do I define right and wrong on issues, and based on that what am I doing to try to be active in my life. What is my pursuit? How does it affect; how does it connect to the ultimate goal of actually reaching out to people so that I feel good about myself in the eyes of God because I believe in God. So what is my expectation? What do I want out of myself and the life that is ahead of me?

These days the health movement is out there right? They want to get healthier; they want to put a lot of good stuff into their body and get stronger and healthier to they can live longer. More and more people are recognizing that you have to put a lot of good stuff in your body so you can have a healthier life. If you don’t manage that properly, if you’re not vigilant about it, obviously you will suffer the consequences. There are always consequences, cause and effect, right? Especially for children this is very important, in the maturation, the growth period it is very important for them to have a proper healthy diet. It’s very important that you see in the world that so many people, not just children, but even adults, are dying of hunger. And all sorts of tragic injuries are out there. That’s real.

Let’s try to take one step at a time. It breaks your heart. You want to reach out and just help everybody and change all that (snaps finger) at the snap of a finger. That’s unrealistic. So we have to think about how we can better take care of ourselves so that ultimately we can do a lot of good things, bec