Shoshi Kantetsu (初志貫徹 – Carrying out Your Original Intention)

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    Shoshi Kantetsu

    初志貫徹


    Today I would like to introduce my favorite four-character idiom shoshi kantetsu (初志貫徹).
    今日は私の好きな四字熟語「初志貫徹」を紹介します。

    Sho (初) means “first,” shi (志) means “will/motive,” kan (貫) means “consistent,” and tetsu (徹) means “thorough.”
    「初」は “first”、「志」は “will/motive”、「貫」は “consistent”、「徹」は “thorough” を意味します。

    That is to say, shoshi kantetsu literally means that you maintain your will consistently and thoroughly.
    すなわち、「初志貫徹」は文字どおり「初めに志したことを最後まで貫きとおすこと」を意味します。

    Basically, this idiom is used in a positive manner and is popular as a motto.
    基本的にこの言葉は良い意味で使われ、座右の銘としても人気があります。

    However, sometimes it could be more important to be flexible depending on the time and situation.
    しかし、時には状況に応じて臨機応変に対応する柔軟さも大事かもしれません。

    Incidentally, the kanji character 徹 can be read as Toru (my account name).
    ちなみに、「徹」という漢字は「とおる (Toru)」とも読みます。

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