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Jean Youn: Being grateful for every day

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

I don’t know what all of you who are reading this post do for a living.

I don’t know whether you do new and exciting work or repeat the same work every day.

I am repeating basically the same work every day. In fact, that’s a distinctive characteristic of the cleaning business.

Today, I would like to share with you one person’s story. She has repeated the same work over and over again every day for a long time, like me.

She is Sue Jin Kang who is a Korean and lives in Germany. At present, she is a prima ballerina at the Stuttgart Ballet (Stuttgarter Ballett in German) and is designated as a human cultural asset in Germany.

I don’t know anything about ballet at all. I don’t know whether the Stuttgart Ballet is world-famous. I don’t know even whether she dances really well, although I assume that she is an extraordinary dancer.

However, something she said has touched my heart greatly, I want to share it with you. She said:

“My everyday life was the repetition of a very monotonous daily life. Sleep, get up, eat and practice. And sleep, wake up, eat and practice again. That repetition of extremely dull but incredibly intense daily life has made me become what I am now.”

Of course, I do know that though I repeat the same cleaning work every day just like her, I won’t become famous like her.

But, I think that if I continue to repeat the same cleaning work really hard and intensely, I may be regarded as the best cleaner in our town, at least by you and people who hear about me.

It is March now.

I wish that every day will be a day for which you feel deeply grateful, even though each day may seem to be the same as other days.



Jean Youn is the owner of Value Village Cleaners at 912 West Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale 91202. For details on services, coupons and more, check out the Value Village Cleaners website here .

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