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12 Kind People

Part 28 of 68 in a series:

The “12 Kind People” series, which has spanned a year and a half on this site, has finally reached the 12th person. You might have guessed who it is. But perhaps you’ve read it already.

This series features recording staff members, concert staff members, my hair and makeup artist and fellow actors, radio staff members, and others from various fields to whom I am daily indebted. I’m thankful to all 12 of them for kindly making time for this in the middle of their busy schedules.

The idea for this project sprang from my feelings that writing the same kinds of things on everyone’s profiles would be boring. The detailed and warm responses I received so exceeded my expectations that I kind of felt bad for imposing upon them. It reminded me of how fortunate I am to be surrounded by such outstanding people.

At the same time it reconfirmed my love for my staff and the fact that they are better than anyone else. Beyond the 12 people I introduced in the series, I have no shortage of incredibly kindhearted, excellent, and delightful staff members and friends. I love each and every one of them. I sincerely believe that their unfailing support is what keeps me going.

Whether it’s that way they give the atmosphere a snappy brightness, or how you can always trust the things they say, there are some relationships that defy explanation with words. Relationships that aren’t based on age or status, and although I can’t put my finger on it, they have authenticity. Ah—so this is what it means to respect someone. I definitely respect all those around me. From my family to my friends and colleagues, I know what makes each person wonderful. I’m so happy that I’m surrounded by these kinds of people. But rather than being needed by someone else, I’m constantly the one depending on, relying on, and being helped by others. Recently I’ve thought that I have to repay this favor.

In any case, we’re having a blast with each other. There’s a whole slew of things awaiting us this year, but we’re taking on each one with the utmost devotion. I pray that our work will reach you in a pleasing form.


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