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  • Re: 20190323, Article, Taichung (2019/03/22)

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    Dear Taichung Happiers,

    So many languages, so “few” accents.

    How do languages make human unique? French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778) outlined a pretty prophetic vision. “If you know many languages, then you have many keys for a castle.” Our willingness to engage with languages and everything they offer is clear; our readiness to grow, to transmute, and to capture experiences is clear. Research results have shown the amazing effects of multilingualism, including improving our decision-making efficiency and preventing the suffering from dementia. Besides, what happens to your face when you speak another language tells a hundred stories. Language can transport people, so that we are no longer simply audiences but participants in the realization of a bigger, better world that we seek to create. We take the shelter in the embrace of foreign languages and diverse cultures. On the other hand, learning a foreign language could be intensely irritating and frustrating. However, only when we open up to be more accepting and make the learning process more motivating, can dreams become reality. We can be at an unusual loss for words due to the indescribable beauty of languages, which allows everyone to be heard and appreciates everyone’s work. Ladies and gentleman, our host Kevin Hsu, a researcher at the National Health Research Institutes, will take you by surprise with this discussion. Welcome to join us in savoring every mouthful of language learning.

    If there is any truth in the world, it lies when more languages are with us. “Does Hip Hop count as a second language?” German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749 – March 22, 1832) drew the language map, “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.” Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941), English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century, exhibited an American version of French accent: “Language is wine upon the lips.” In addition, Italian film director and screenwriter Federico Fellini (20 January 1920 – 31 October 1993) pictured the magic wand of language, “A different language is a different vision of life.” And, these kids have more.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF83GlBo-d0 So, how do you know a foreign language is your destiny? When you are fascinated by a foreign language, you remember the day you bought your first book/CD in it. When you are fascinated by a foreign language, you remember all those nights you couldn’t sleep yet enjoyed the journey into dawn on the wings of pages and tunes. When you are fascinated by a foreign language, the clear culture indications light up your face all the time. Every foreign language is a marvelous museum—where your gaze lingers in and you feel it covers 20 centuries in 20 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wszb2x51jnY Learning foreign languages opens our eyes and minds about other cultures; it changes our outlook; ultimately, we develop empathy. It is the dynamic languages create for everyone that stimulates our change. A whole new perspective on the world is more than rewarding. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/27/world-view-learn-another-language

    Language learning is like making a pizza the size of the sun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfIc5CX7mF4 Canadian-American cognitive psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. About the language instinct, he informs us that “Obviously no language is innate. Take any kid from any race, bring them up in any culture and they will learn the language equally quickly. So no particular language is in the genes. But what might be in the genes is the ability to acquire language.” Yes. Everyone is a language superhero. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJjzCBRMaso When do you know you are in a blossoming garden with the bright scented flowers of the foreign language you are learning? When you compose everything in this language and make it sound exactly like music. When you feel the author silently shares the secret jokes with you. When you smile, and say, “Yes. Only in this language!” http://www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/How-long-does-it-take-to-learn-a-foreign-language.pdf I know, I know, British and Dutch researchers are revealing that alcohol can help develop our speaking proficiency of foreign languages. No worries. In case you are allergic to alcohol, the alternative way is allowing people to say your accent is ugly, and then you have the opportunity to make it beautiful. “Sì, grazie.” How, you are asking? Well, the fun ways can be effectively using TV shows and films https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emMKQu1usZ0 , deploying apps daily https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/five-free-apps-help-learn-foreign-language/ , and any other methods we can’t wait to learn from you.

    From “Eating Poetry” (By Mark Strand)

    Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
    There is no happiness like mine.
    I have been eating poetry.

    The librarian does not believe what she sees.
    Her eyes are sad
    and she walks with her hands in her dress.

    The poems are gone.
    The light is dim.
    The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up…

    If we keep putting one foot in front of the other, we can make any foreign languages home. “My main motivation for learning a third language is so that I can unlock another level of memes.” The mission of language learning is to create more connections. The language of connection is the only source of light grazing the shadows. The language of connection is recited by valuable and meaningful things we contribute to. Nature is the most inspiring teacher for the language of connection. Check out this Wood Wide Web: the roots, the networks, the plant communities. The eyes of nature constantly and consistently transmit both warm and authority--they deserve more respect.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kHZ0a_6TxY The language of connection is the only source of light grazing the shadows. The infectious smile suddenly shines our faces each time the light reads our minds. Being a connector is absolutely accessible; the value of being a connector is conclusively communicable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S13kvkB4RL0 The language of connection is the only source of light grazing the shadows. If the language of connection is not the language of harmony, what is? Connections can take every culture to new heights, whatever language we are speaking. Harmony is the immortal culture, wherever we are, whenever we reflect. If we keep putting one foot in front of the other, we can make any foreign languages home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcX6i2qp6w0

    Every foreign language is a reflection of our own selves. Inside it, there are the persons we could be. When languages start charming us, our inability to endure is our last defense. We are incapable of resisting and would never want to resist the gift. The 1st President of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (7 March 1850 – 14 September 1937) simply asserted that “The more languages you know, the more human you are.” Language learning is a journey of adventure for our missing piece, which is filled with spiritual comfort and sublime beauty. Language learning feeds our hungry souls with the abundance of inspiration. The language of connection feels like hope in the darkest moments, brings real delight with the bridge of cultural diversity. Upon language learning, every color, every fragrance the world has to offer, is brighter and more sincere. This empowering experience always greets us with a faint light weaving the scene into the texture of dreams. Yes. Let us feel the light! Let languages induce us to like who we are, who we become while immersing in connections. Join us. Thanks!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9yVSxHd9vk


    With Gratitude,

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  • 20190323, Article, Hsinchu (2019/03/20)

    20190323, Article, Hsinchu

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    Topic1: Working for someone else vs working for yourself, which will come out on top?

    Q1: What’s your comments on these 5 rounds mentioned in this article?
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    Q1.5:Working environment

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    If you have, do you mind sharing your idea? If you haven’t, what’s your ideal job? If you are self-employed worker, what do you do, what’s the most challenging task you faced until now?
    Q3: what are the qualities of a good boss?
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  • Re: 20190316, Article, Taichung (2019/03/14)

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    Dear Taichung Happiers,

    World peace begins with inner peace practiced on a daily basis.

    Conflict is a universal language? Will you throw a despairing look or feel a sudden sharp pain, if we say so? What’s the price we have to pay for muting the pain? Life is filled with twists and turns. Concealing the strain on our timidity, perception and appreciation can turn conflict into compliance, or a stunning second chance. Recognized by Time magazine as being equal in influence to Eleanor Roosevelt (the longest serving First Lady of the United States), Dorothy Celene Thompson (July 9, 1893 – January 30, 1961) revealed a gigantic space of peace stretching into immensity. “Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.” While conflict is raising a seductive storm of chaos in the dark, our hearts miss a beat. What can stop conflict from spreading like poison in the air? Conflict requests our new minds to further reflect, to clarify what’s important to us and to others, and to foster change. Most importantly, how can we be energized by conflict, look at one another with more concern than suspicion, and create constructive connections? The choice to transform and to be transformed is totally up to us. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to join our host Eric in feeling the fresh wave of confidence and digging deeper into the bridge between our inner and outer worlds.

    The Possibility. “I’d agree with you but then we’d both be wrong.” Conflicts shouldn’t be the Museum of Sighs. Yet, conflict could be a hustle wind stirring through the water, knocking down our confidence and connections. As a result, sailing against the wind of conflict is more than a priority. William James (1842–1910), the "Father of American psychology", beheld the wonder of the beyond. “Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” Attitude, what is your attitude towards conflict? What do you think and feel about conflict? Ginka Toegel and Jean-Louis Barsoux are professors at IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland, who encourage us to re-define conflict as a golden opportunity and a distinct possibility--to further accept and elevate ourselves and others.
    https://hbr.org/2016/06/how-to-preempt-team-conflict?referral=03759&cm_vc=rr_item_page.bottom Life has many colors. Don't be afraid to dance with devils. Conflict is an energy source to bring back summer in the snowstorm of chaos. The beauty of conflict teaches us to recognize and respect diversity. Conflict gifts us the possibility of peace, which allows us to see the blind spot and grow from it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsFz1H447kk Eventually, we can trust the truth that the sense of attachment is very productive to deepen our closeness to our relationships. Conflict opens the door for us to discover that our minds can, at least, travel in parallel. What we need is to accept the paradoxical nature of everything, not simply adapt it away—like how we carefully Hug a Porcupine! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8HkLF3U1U0

    “The Bridge” (by Shel Silverstein)

    This bridge will only take you halfway there
    To those mysterious lands you long to see:
    Through gypsy camps and swirling Arab fairs
    And moonlit woods where unicorns run free.
    So come and walk awhile with me and share
    The twisting trails and wondrous worlds I've known.
    But this bridge will only take you halfway there-
    The last few steps you'll have to take alone.

    The progress. How are you feeling? To avoid conflict: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. Author Steve Goodier admonishes us that: “We don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note. Only notes that are different can harmonize. The same is true with people.” It is only when we’ve abandoned all the anxiety and stress that we discover the root cause of conflict is the expectation-vs-reality thing. So, let us bury the unpleasant desire under mountains of silence. How to unsubscribe toxic people’s reality and find our own reality? The fundamental thing is to enhance our emotional status and command the mutual respect. Having received numerous awards, American author and science journalist Daniel Goleman explains the theory and strategies, and calls for our daily practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt74vK9pgIA While conflict is creating chaos, we are mostly unaware of the negative impact on more people. How to keep people from hijacking our emotional status? The most ignored solution is the power of humor. Humor, is the big distraction. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/relationships-communication/managing-conflicts-with-humor.htm And, the purest and most pleasant solution to melt conflicts away, you are asking? If it is not food, what is? Food creates a surprisingly strong bond. When the flavor rings within reach, all the denial and anger start evaporating into the shadows in the distance. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/conflict-kitchen-how-food-can-unite-us-all-9748599.html

    The positivity. It’s not about the scar; it’s all about your heart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylzqhpU4WyQ Conflict still grants marvelous moments. What solution can work for the conflict? Is it to observe each other with the poisoned mixture of suspicion and position? Nope. Is it to address the opinions? Nope. Is it to address the fighting strategies? Nope. It is to meet the needs on both sides.
    And, it is compassion that fuels our interest to listen, to both sides’ needs, to the hidden treasure—the information behind every conflict.
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/compassion-matters/201404/5-steps-end-any-fight For example, what will be the devastating consequence if we don’t value people as who they are over their usefulness? In daily life conflict, nothing is more difficult than dealing with a narcissistic personality. Dr. Craig Malkin, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School, teaches us how to “win” the argument with a narcissist. https://www.bakadesuyo.com/2017/10/how-to-win-with-a-narcissist/ We know the point is more than to “win”—it is to save more lost souls—when they are valued as who they are. The interest to investigate what we have not yet noticed helps us to move forward, in the presence of fear, anger, and conflict, in particular. At a critical moment in a conflict, the role of each party becomes confused. It is an argument among equals—we don’t know who we really are until compassion sheds light of spirit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZC140dC8Ps

    Love conquers all. Conflict! The possibility; the progress; the positivity. Conflict, or controversy, is a double-edged sword we haven’t learned to compensate for the loss. However, in every moment, we have the choice. Listening to the echo of our compassion, we are convinced that the blade won’t turn against us. Conflict makes us imagine that something else is possible. Conflict management takes no easy answers, but the right questions. Conflict is nothing more than the strategy to try to meet people’s needs. American novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks mirrors the map of the possibility, the progress, and the positivity. “If conversation was the lyrics, laughter was the music, making time spent together a melody that could be replayed over and over without getting stale.” Therefore, nurture the strength of our minds to nourish compassion. With it, we smile again, that smile that forgives everything, that understands everything. We smile again, that smile sheds light where there has always been darkness. We smile again, that smile always leaves its mark on us. World peace begins with inner peace practiced on a daily basis. Join us. Thanks!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YntD1QDf_fQ


    With Gratitude,

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  • Re: 20190309, Article, Taichung (2019/03/08)

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    Dear Taichung Happiers,

    Seek simplicity like swinging our heads towards the Sun.

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” After Leonardo da Vinci whispered this timeless wisdom, Michelangelo echoed, “I created a vision of David in my mind and simply carved away everything that was not David.” Several centuries later, Steve Jobs delivered his lines accordingly and assuredly. “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Surely, simplicity is not only about material possessions, but also about our work, thoughts, and even words. In the video above, Ellen is right, because the best authors write with a great “economy of words”--using only the necessary words. Yet, how come we look at one another in confusion while talking about de-cluttering? De-cluttering is not a mission impossible. But, reality doesn’t seem inclined to collaborate. De-cluttering gives the feeling of Tango dancing--we twist and turn, dance and dance around, and find we seldom reach any specific area several feet away from where we were. However, the primary purpose of de-cluttering is to pay more attention to our surroundings and choose items, situations, and relationships that we love; to live with greater peace and happiness; to discover something we can enjoy, something that touches our hearts. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to join our host Vicki in learning the art of simplicity and pursuing an authentic love for life.

    Less is more. “Life is short. Smile when you still have teeth.” If we want to let simplicity take the center stage, how can we define simplicity? The unique expressions of our inner selves often go hand in hand with our spaces, which can support our dreams. Nevertheless, while facing the clutter, we could be struck by a wave of stress so intense that we have no choice but to surrender to it. Therefore, Dr. Andrea Umbach invites us to dig deeper into the causes of clutter.
    https://www.psychbytes.com/why-do-i-have-so-much-stuff/ You’re lucky if you don’t have a breath of resistance to de-cluttering left in your body. Research results have revealed that clutter can kill our creativity. Aside from some unusual stirs of distractions and confusion, we recognize none of the signs. https://www.thisisinsider.com/minimalist-lifestyle-can-optimize-creativity-2019-2 American essayist, philosopher, and historian Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) simply asserted “As you simplify your life, the laws of the Universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” Simplicity and minimalism create space and peace, aid our focus on life purpose, and eventually, increase our confidence. We can experience a delicious moment of profound relief and wellbeing by longing for purity and coming in simplicity. Patty Purpur de Vries, director of the Stanford Health Promotion Network of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, depicts how we can benefit more from living with fewer possessions. https://bewell.stanford.edu/a-clean-well-lighted-place/

    "Messy Room" (by Shel Silverstein)

    Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
    His underwear is hanging on the lamp.
    His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,
    And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.
    His workbook is wedged in the window,
    His sweater's been thrown on the floor.
    His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,
    And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.
    Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
    Donald or Robert or Willie or--
    Huh? You say it's mine? Oh, dear,
    I knew it looked familiar!

    Simplicity is the new luxury. “My room is not dirty. I just have everything on display. Like a museum.” What do you think is “David” for Michelangelo? What is the most important for you?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGuPCRDKkwY The point is not how big the house is—it is how happy the home is. Moreover, what’s the connection between your childhood dream and your current house? Would you like to build a house inspired by your favorite book, music, or food? What if a mini house can make you dream bigger? This one is absolutely jaw-dropping. Wow! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avn7brkxmmo Home. Home is the place from which ultimate comfort and safety are derived. What important qualities in your home mask the silent stress that has already seized you? Will the color you use to accent your favorite room delight a painter? Our memory of home indicates a perfectly calculated strength and springiness. This small yet cozy house has more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJso9GciU0U The way we live with our important things and make every moment of the day a feast, is simplicity--the spirit of things, instead of their beauty, attracts us more. So, what is simplicity but another name of positive energy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn_6TrfpLms

    It’s more about what we feel than about what we see. No vaccine can stimulate Clutter-Immunity. “I keep a clean desk. Now, all the mess is in the computer.” How complicated our life can be is sometimes beyond our imagination and expectation; nobody can afford to let the bird of simplicity in our hands fly away. We are in a constant state of being bombarded by the media, which desperately demonstrate the equation “Materialism = Happiness”. Deep down, we know, we know what matters most is the experience of connection. Connection-- the invisible tie--that spark of electricity between people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyzaDUJOhyY On the other hand, the brilliant idea of minimalism could bring a bittersweet smile to our lips. Minimalism is different for everyone—only you can decide what your unique happy needs are. Either minimalism is a fad or not, we can tell what we are from what we love. So, tell me, please, what is your family tradition of home decoration? Can we rebuild the harmonious connection between space and culture? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v99qNUmN1Y0 Furthermore, every house has its own personality—it should have different expressions, and, most importantly, the balance. It’s like the choices a pilot ought to make: Yes or no? Up or down? Full or empty? Right or wrong? Now, relax, please. Grasp a nice cup of tea and enjoy these distinguished designs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odhQ_ckjPyY Above all, the spirit of simplicity is to recognize more and respect more. Only when we share things can everything has their true value. What can be more inspiring and encouraging than giving more things and giving more thanks? Award-winning author and illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba, a non-minimalist, has sold and given away almost all she has had. Why? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pb-hjqdjbY

    Home. Home is the only place in the world where we can be completely ourselves. There is no room for alternative in our minds.
    “We shape our homes and then our homes shape us.” We have to take some time to savour Winston Churchill’s words. How do we perceive the world? What makes us happy? Home is an authentic reflection of us; simplicity can make everything we have and we create more understandable, repeatable, and accessible. No simplicity, no sustainability. Having less makes every home story collection comprising more layers of telling and retelling. De-cluttering is an on-going journey of hearing the harmony for our space, mind, and culture. Meanwhile, in life, nothing worthwhile is easy. A little mess in your home can be perfectly perfect. Decluttering grants more room for our minds. Remarkably, we smile, a sincere show of appreciation that apparently transforms our faces. Seek simplicity like swinging our heads towards the Sun. With every step we can feel our doubt and weight evaporating. Seek simplicity like swinging our heads towards the Sun. Join us. Thanks.


    With Gratitude,

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  • Taichung Host Schedule (2019/02/27)

    Taichung Host Schedule

    Taichung Host Schedule

    Date: 20190202
    Host: Gathering Cancelled due to the Spring Festival

    Date: 20190209
    Host: Gathering Cancelled due to the Spring Festival

    Date: 20190216
    Host: Harris

    Date: 20190223
    Host: Gathering Cancelled due to the adjusted working day

    Date: 20190302
    Host: Gathering Cancelled due to the Peace Memorial Day long weekend

    Date: 20190309
    Host: Vicki

    Date: 20190316
    Host: Eric

    Date: 20190323
    Host: Kevin Hsu

    Date: 20190330
    Host: Gary

    Date: 20190406
    Host: Gathering Cancelled due to the QingMing Festival long weekend

    Date: 20190413
    Host: Emily Lee

    Date: 20190420
    Host: Joyce

    Date: 20190427
    Host: Bill

    Date: 20190504
    Host: Yang

    Date: 20190511
    Host: Ian

    Date: 20190518
    Host: Annie

    Date: 20190525
    Host: Harry

    Date: 20190601
    Host: Kevin Huang

    Date: 20190608
    Host: Summer Conference

    Date: 20190615
    Host: Emily Chen

    Date: 20190622
    Host: Micro

    Date: 20190629
    Host: Sue

    Date: 20190706
    Host: Harris

    Date: 20190727
    Host: Joey

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