Days in China The first word that came to my mind when I arrived here was: 'MASSIVE' Everything feels oversized in general Electric motorbikes & bicycles with their horns own the streets Traffic Lights....What are they? The Red is Green and don't bother with the Amber Masks. Plastic raincoats for one, for two & for the bikes! Ladies & Gentlemen, here the smart phones have become an extension of the body driving and texting, eating and watching, walking and staring at the screen, cycling and typing selfies and selfies and selfies and selfies... Neighbours ringing their bells on their invented motorbikes collecting rubbish, cartons & plastics are in demand! Plants everywhere (I love that) Smoking & spitting, & the ever annoying wretched sound of clearing phlegm from the throat The long nail of the little finger is still a mystery The washing is hanging everywhere & underwear too! Being in Pyjamas and dancing/exercising on the street is an everyday thing. Sinks & kitchens are the fa§ade of the houses It is the chopsticks and chillies world Tasty mangos, noodles with peanut, sticky-rice forever! Stinky smells perfume the city Moist & polluted air is a feature in the marsh Unique mix of old classic Chinese architecture, Art Nouveau & Skyscrapers Steps, steps and more steps thousands of them up & down... and endless along The Great Wall Tactile reminiscence of Communism in a Capitalist city The language is a difficult subject The culture is a different world Xie Xie - Bai Bai Shanghai
...and yes, the so often saying "good things happen when you least expect them" proves to be true. I think all of us at least once have experienced this fact, haven't we? Even so, I still believe that there is nothing wrong about having expectations, further more I think that by nature we have/create expectations. To have positive ones are good, are a bit like having dreams or wishing something to happen. People fearing disappointment, it is part of the journey. So then, when the unexpected occurs, embrace it and enjoy it as if there were no tomorrow. W.Congreve said:Uncertainty & expectation are the joys of life The Art Of Expectation by Stewart Blackburn
What a word nowadays, right? It seems to me that in this respect our society is either too much empathetic or have too little empathy. We know that too much of anything isn't good... Back in the days, I have the feeling that there was a better balance in this regard, people used to share more, to listen more, to really take the time, to feel compassion, to care more... Have we lost something guys? Compassion Made Easy - New York Times -
Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself.
You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
“Stop the world I want to get off.” Unfortunately, to feel serene is a treasure these days. Calmness, placidity, peace. I think, we should give the importance to give ourselves the time to find quietness in our everyday life as much as we give the attention to other things. It is OK to slow down!
It is important to say I love you.
The power of these three little words.
The hidden fear of being rejected or exposing ourselves usually takes over.
What’s wrong with being vulnerable?
It should be an everyday ‘must’ to say.
It’s important to let your beloved ones know how much you love them.
We usually take it for granted.
Hearing I love you = Saying I love you
Nowadays, it’s all about it & no matter what!
Why is it so important to succeed? Haven’t we done it already?
… to achieve, to accomplish, to triumph, …
one after another, another, another, another
What about the in-between?
Let’s not forget about ‘trying’
… the uncertainty, the unknown, the ambiguity, the standing by …
Embracing the ‘in between’ as much as the failure & the achievement.
“Life is a collection of moments. Mindfulness is beautification of the moments.”
― Amit Ray, Mindfulness : Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath
The simple things in life... Those precious moments, occasions,times,instants,stages There are no ordinary moments - Dan Millman - ...To make the ordinary extraordinary... The Time is Now - Oil on canvas by Barry Kempt ( Oct 2015) -