Dr. Suzuki loved chocolate. When he opened my first gift to him, he looked up at me with the saddest eyes and asked, “Not chocolate?”
Every day after a 2 ½ hour morning group class, Dr. Suzuki would ask a few students to find the “most delicious cookies” for Cookie Time because he knew that that was what we enjoyed! (https://suzanne1.wordpress.com/2005/10/27/cookie-time/ )
And he often mentioned this word; “service.”
Dr. Suzuki was quintessentially kind. His method of kindness was much deeper than his consistent smiles or greetings. His kindness stemmed from sensitive observation and thorough understanding of a person’s true, specific, long term needs and desires. He was selfless, ingenious and magical.
Dr. Suzuki gave to us in unusual, wise and unexpected ways. His methods involved projects engaging several people. These projects, seen as spontaneous were actually the result of weeks, months, years, and even decades of delicate, persistent planning and hard work.
His kindness to all of us encompassed everything! You name it; he helped us with it, from taking us out to steak dinner to privately curing a student’s deepest wounds.
The only thing I know that engenders this form of true kindness is an absolute pure spirit of love.
Suzuki Sensei‘s greatest genius of love lay in his ability to put into “Perpetual Motion” a long sequence of seemingly unrelated events occupying several people (knowingly or not). The results of these sequences would eventually create a deep, personal service causing a fantastic change for many different and specific people around the globe.
Are we not also the extension of Dr. Suzuki’s most passionate and cherished Perpetual Movement? We are all here as a result of Suzuki Sensei’s profound connection with one person at a time. As a community of parents and teachers and students, at the core of this very moment, we are
continuing his legacy of kind and selfless love.
I believe with all my heart that today we are fulfilling Dr. Suzuki’s most cherished and fervent wish.
How clever and magical will we be? How far will we extend his true spirit of service? To what lengths will we shine?
The brightest eyes,
The widest smile,
The biggest Tone