The introductory biography on Cheryl Lynn’s blog, Digital Femme, is quite inspiring. In admiration of her intro, here is my version:
“Paul Matsushima isn’t quite sure who he is, but he’s pretty sure of what he wants to be(come). A wounded healer. The Souls of (Asian) Folk. Standing on the shoulders of giants, extraordinaire. He spends his days connecting invisible dots in society and the everyday while fighting to live in the present and not always in the future.”
- A Wounded Healer
In honor of the late Henri Nouwen, this represents that tortured soul who longs for wholeness while knowing the path ahead must confront one’s brokenness. Desires to be:
- healed while healing;
- humanized while humanizing;
- freed while freeing;
- forgiven while forgiving;
- to find peace while sowing peace.
This is the image of the sensitive and understanding co-laborer, a male who resists hegemonic masculinity and walks alongside to bring about transmutation.
- The Souls of (Asian) Folk
In honor of the late W.E.B. DuBois, this represents that tired voice who expresses the struggles of a people, of being Asian American in U.S. society.
This is the image of that Asian advocate who transgresses silence or rage, resolves his han, and creates a “song for ourselves” to let it be known.
- Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Extraordinaire
In honor of the numerous generations who’ve gone before us, this represents that “Know History, Know Self” perspective. It relies upon the wisdom and voices of the ages, humble enough to hear, strong enough to heed, and daring enough to risk.
These are the workings of a person striving to live life abundantly and soulfully, honestly and humbly, and in all things generously.