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  • Re: 20180714, Article, Tainan (2018/07/14)

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  • Re: 20180707, Article, Tainan (2018/07/14)

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  • Re: 20180714, Article, Taichung (2018/07/13)

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    Dear Taichung Happiers,

    What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HJ2XLrFRzU

    Books are our best best friends; being uncomfortable, the second. Life is full of choices; what picture of the twists and turns along the journey seizes your heart? The most frustrating at all is to witness the nature of competition and the development of technology making our future impossible to be less complicated than now. As anticipated, everyone has a reluctance to risk too much of their comfortable status for the unknown. However, if you are fighting the uncomfortable, I won’t call that constructive fighting. Serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston S. Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) made a request for further aid. “Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.” Yet, yet, yet, what precisely is required? Performance requirements change over time. We try our best to find comfort every time, everywhere, although there’s little on offer. How to grow the excitement at facing the uncomfortable, at facing the challenges for positive changes? How to smile in the correct manner whenever we detect the uncomfortable tone in the voice of every opportunity? Stretch ourselves beyond your comfort level; leverage our core strength to reach where we want to reach; find our inner bravery to unlock possibilities for more purposes, meaning, and impacts. Sisters and brothers, welcome to join our host Harris in thinking up ways to embrace the paths we are not familiar with and find growth.

    There is discomfort in every benefit; there is benefit in every discomfort. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” What do you remember about your first day going to school, about practicing your first dance, and about doing your first job? These moments must have remained firmly implanted in your mind. Why? Partly because these moments made you feel uncomfortable to some extent. A look of astonished annoyance might have acrossed your face, and then, you turned your eyes toward the window……. If we haven’t faced new challenges, how can we know what we are made of and what we can do? Being constantly comfortable sounds exotic, yet, it’s dangerous sometimes.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/sujanpatel/2016/03/09/why-feeling-uncomfortable-is-the-key-to-success/#3ecf3f001913 According to Irish playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” To lock ourselves into opportunities, being mentally tough is more than necessary. We suffer so much over every moment of self doubt, every moment we feel the world doesn’t understand what we are doing. And, we suffer all the more, because we believe, we, are, alone. It’s ok to be exactly very revealing--allow yourself to be vulnerable--open the possibility for advance insights. How do you practice to be comfortable being uncomfortable? Isn’t travelling a wonderful way? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KmFGlUQCQA Be uncomfortable being comfortable in order to be comfortable being uncomfortable. If being uncomfortable is not the biggest inspiration, nothing is. Be comfortable being uncomfortable requires Self discipline. Self discipline is not boring, it frees us from ourselves. The things we find easy were once hard; masters were once beginners. Every mission is impossible, until, it’s done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb49-oV0F78

    When life gives you lemons, make Sunkist juice--to make friends with discomfort, know who you are. ”People are very open-minded about new things, as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.” Change requires us to turn our gaze down into the depths of our inner world--a stronger understanding and acceptance of who we are. Nonetheless, a certain amount of confusion and hesitation often, very often, betrays our intention. To root up the cause of confusion and hesitation, stop stirring up a whole cloud of soot worrying about what others think of us. American philanthropist Bernard M. Baruch (August 19, 1870 – June 20, 1965) encouraged us to embrace every opportunity with our authentic self. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” What can you do differently to help yourself stand out? Take time to be with ourselves and thus know ourselves better to form a carefree lifestyle. Who are we, without any titles? Who are we? What do we stand for? Say no to the things that don’t feel authentic. They aren’t aligned with the person you want to be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vjmad-G43M4 Do you treat yourself as your best friend? In the Museum of Self-identity, nothing but the power of being who you are and the power of being present are perfectly exhibited. Be your authentic self. Be present. Feel yourself. Feel your emotions. Emotions, good or bad, reflect our inner worlds. Love yourself. Value yourself. It’s what we do every day, day in and day out, that affects how we feel. How do we communicate with ourselves every day? Be aware of how you say to yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LML17BRZppU Because of your unique values, nobody can imitate you, nobody can replace you, and nobody can have your own journey. Positive energy and inspiration translate our identity into responsibility and reputation. To make friends with discomfort, we should know who we are and savor any moment. Professor Pietro Boselli’s actions speak louder to test his limits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBYdBJyuzvE

    From “The Master's Sacred Knowledge” (by Allan Rufus)

    The most incredible architecture
    Is the architecture of Self,
    which is ever changing, evolving, revolving and has unlimited beauty
    and light inside which radiates outwards for everyone to see and feel.

    With every in breathe
    you are adding to your life
    and every out breathe you are releasing what is not contributing to your life.
    Every breathe is a re-birth.

    You can make possible what others think is impossible. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Hundreds of things must have indicated to us that building self-confidence is the early daylight we can see at the edge of the uncomfortable curtains. Build confidence to prevent the poison in our wounds from traveling around. Building confidence is all about bridging the gap between what we should be and what we become; building confidence is allowing the light hurting our eyes for a second, as our drunkenness on the comfort re-blooms. Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance Michelangelo (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564) admonished us “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Our fear of change and fear of failure can take the wind out of our sails. How to embrace the truth, face fear, and get excited about the new opportunity, no matter how disagreeable it smells?
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/12/12/how-to-feel-confident_n_5724732.html Entering the hallway of conquering fears, we are greeted by the sound of newly started softness of learning. It’s our thoughts, not the situation, that create our stress and fears. Above all, learn to get outside of our comfort zone, we have to be willing to risk rejection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vZXgApsPCQ Learn how to learn--learn and change-- feel comfortable to make mistakes. As long as we learn from every experience, we don’t really lose at anything. The experiences we digest are all added up to our growth. A growth mindset needs an Aha moment. An Aha moment requires an advance insight and a commitment to action; an Aha moment only occurs when we are comfortable with being uncomfortable; an Aha moment leads us to put our self-consciousness aside and go for it. Eventually, a growth mindset curiously steadies our heartbeats. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5836039/

    Come closer into the light. Pain and discomfort always sigh with a hint of secrecy. Becoming comfortable being uncomfortable allows us to dream while we are wide awake, awake with a mysterious contentment. Becoming comfortable being uncomfortable is to fear less and hope more; to judge less and love more; to focus less on achieving more and focus more on enjoying more. What was Albert Einstein signaling us to lock in tense embrace? “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Value. Only when we work for something greater than ourselves, only when we pass on the passion to serve humanity, can we find it. Only when we share our energy and value, can we feel further and further energized and valued. As a result, we shower ourselves and others from above with acceptance, appreciation, and adaption. The greater the suffering is, the greater the peace is coming. Join us. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWR5EgY1P6g


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    With Gratitude,
    Jasmine

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  • Re: Hsinchu All Schedules (2018/07/11)

    Re: Hsinchu All Schedules

    2018/7/28: Robin
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    2018/8/25: Randy
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  • Re: 20180707, Article, Taichung (2018/07/06)

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    Dear Taichung Happiers,

    What can be more gorgeous than the faces lingering on books?
    http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170116-striking-photos-of-readers-around-the-world?ocid=ww.social.link.facebook

    Do you eat books for breakfast? While encountering books, we simply know we are in the presence of greatness. What books are you now eagerly anticipating? What book were you tangoing with when you first felt enlightened by reading? How did you feel while ensuring books are your die-hard life-long friends? While reading, we are aware of a sentiment like that of a tire filled with sustaining air; we feel, increasingly as we read on, a sense of surge and serenity. B.F. Skinner (March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990), an American psychologist, author, inventor, and social philosopher, admonished us that “We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.” Books are water—the sustainable resource—for our rational and emotional connections. Books transcend our limitations. Books fly us to a whole new world. A dedication to reading will lead to true happiness in our lives, personally and professionally. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to join our host Yang in sharing our passion and love of reading, our reading experiences, and our expectations for reading and books.

    Whenever, wherever, books are asking “What can I help you with?" Oh, hey, “The first rule of Hobbit Club is there's no tolkien about The Hobbit Club.” Every journey is a river—books are water. How calm must be the language of the River, when books, the water, can keep us from being afraid and being alone. The river. The river says most when it says least. In the water, we can hear the silent symphony of other voices, knowledge, confidence, and inspiration, singing and echoing, thickening and thickening. American academic Charles William Eliot (March 20, 1834 – August 22, 1926), who was selected as President of Harvard University in 1869, recounted the roles books play. “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Therefore, read more, read more than you “can” is the best way of self education. Mr. 詹宏志 , one of the most respected “reader” from Taiwan, pointed out that as long as we open the right door, reading can help building any skills. Wholeheartedly and precisely, he perceived that it is a blessing, an enormous blessing, to be a life-long reader.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFbGEC-Yecs Yes. Reading gives us great pleasure. Books can show us the world, shining, shimmering, splendid. All along the reading process, we finally figure out that our minds are trying to take in something-- something that our minds couldn’t take in--to savor the language, to see something new, and to witness our ingenuity, curiosity, and creativity amazingly aroused. As a result, it helps drive us forward in our work and everyday life. https://medium.com/the-mission/reading-books-will-help-you-build-these-7-habits-184713effb54 Reading is the best workout for brain cells. Reading helps gain knowledge and forces our imagination to work. Most importantly, readers Are Leaders; leaders are readers. Readers are made, not born. Read to enhance our insight. Read to broaden and deepen our perspectives. Read to lead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mayUsEyhASc&app=desktop

    Do you write your favorite book quote on the wall? ”Starting a cover band called "A Book" so no one can judge us.” All right, our job as readers, apparently, is the pursuit of happiness. Now, close your eyes and tell us how you design your summer reading challenge? https://www.bookbub.com/blog/2018/05/11/summer-reading-challenge-2018-list Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) simply put “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
    After all, there might not be a measure for the happiness of reading, yet, there must be beauty, decency, and eternal constancy. What to read to have a better quality of life? A healthy and happy bookaholic never lets the presumption shrink the breadth of reading.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8-X66KCwTY&app=desktop What books give you book-hangover the most often? How do you define literature? How can literature elevate our moral sentiments? Where does literature’s empowering force come from? Literature is the greatest reality simulator, and we learn from their experiences in family, friendship, relationship, etc. Literature reflects indescribable feeling, soaring, tumbling, freewheeling. Literature is a true time machine, which takes us wonder by wonder and introduces us to fascinating and interesting people living centuries or thousands years ago. One step closer, we’ll also acknowledge how MBA students can approach and apply the loveliness of literature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOIRwQ0ejQ0 Yes, we also benefit from self-development books, skill building books, and spiritual books. Moreover, we cannot afford to ignore non-fiction books about mindsets and directions, about personal and social intelligence, that illustrate different kinds of success. Reading allows us to imagine alternative possibilities for ourselves and for people surrounding us, and to make better changes in our lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwGbwYAfSmg&app=desktop

    We don’t know we don’t know until we read, read, and, read. “I'm gonna write a book about the difficulties of watching Pride and Prejudice dubbed into French. It will be called L'Austen Translation” Boys and girls, control your breath, and, please meet this 3 year-old bookaholic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10-wmV9VinU While reading, our minds are like the interior of a great house, one in a constant renewal of self-discovery and a higher reality beyond our experiences. That is how reading heals. The second-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward directs our eyes toward the sunlight. “You looked at me and at the people I love and write about–my poor, my black; my Southern children, women and men–and you saw yourself. You saw your grief, your love, your losses; your regrets, your joy, your hope.” Reading is more important than any passport to the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gDoy183prk Through books, we see people carrying other worlds with them; in books, we learn to reside in various worlds; from books, we discover what it means to join other worlds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzU5_TIVijA Reading seamlessly integrates our past and future. The memories of reading are delicious; we can ensure the future in a changing world by reading constantly, reading with deep thinking and critical analysis. Reading makes our inner and outer worlds mirror each other. Read to open the world wider--by helping people build reading skills and creating ravishing reading experiences for people in need. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8j123slEMU

    From “HAI[NA]KU and other poems” (by A.A. Patawaran)

    To read a poem
    Is to see light where there is darkness
    Is to hear silence where there is noise
    Is to dance where there is no music
    Is to sing where the only instrument is words
    And the stirring, impassioned pauses

    To be a reader is to be human. To be human is to love. With love, we conquer the frustration of the deepest need for meaning, for purpose, and for hope. Every journey is a river—books are water. Water knows of its own elegance and strength, and feels no need to exclaim it. (What makes you realize books have understood you, you might ask?) A rich culture of reading can make an enormous difference. How to cultivate a culture of loving to read? It starts from you, you, and you! Yet, it’s not for tangible profit that we look at books with deep and genuine admiration. Or not tangible profit only. It’s to bravely face the unknown. Read to broaden our minds; read to define culture competence; read to improve our culture competence. Culture, ours and others’. Understand the world to improve human condition. Books are our guardian angels looking after us--there is something about intelligence and curiosity in their eyes, that reminds us instantly of kindness. To be a reader is to be human. I hope everyone can feel a little changed, every time when we leave the gathering venue. To be a reader is to be human. Love books, love books for a thousand years, and love books for a thousand more.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQdKde7djpM&app=desktop



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    Jasmine

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  • Re: 20180630, Article, Taichung (2018/06/29)

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    Dear Taichung Happiers,

    “I’m a procrastinator on different things. When it comes to writing my book? Procrastinate. When it comes to going to dinner? Early.”

    How often do you procrastinate your dinner for what you love, e.g., basketball, painting, dancing, reading? Why does procrastination look like a natural part of our existence? What do we know about the history of procrastination? How do you feel about deadlines? Isn’t deadline the ultimate inspiration for creativity? Oh, yep. When I started learning English writing, my teacher not only endorsed the deadline but also encouraged a high standard of excellence: “If you don’t hand in a great essay, find the paper in the trash can tomorrow.” I guess, I guess, where the inspiration meets the expectation is the home town of procrastination. I know, I know, it will be a long journey for us to search for the meaning. So, what colors do you want to add to the narration of your life? In fact, we cannot manage time, because time is uncontrollable. We can only manage ourselves-- we cannot own any time, anything, until we really cherish it. Be aware, anytime, anywhere—find the seeds of awakening, just like what Marcus Aurelius, one of the most respected emperors in Roman history, meditated. “In your actions, don't procrastinate. In your conversations, don't confuse. In your thoughts, don't wander. In your soul, don't be passive or aggressive. In your life, don't be all about business.” Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to join our host Sam in paying an extraordinary amount of attention to stretching our experience of time.

    Procrastination, light or shade? We all get puzzled? “Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill.” We all procrastinate, at least a little bit. Aren’t we the most creative while finding enough time before starting the work? Our minds, traveling over the exercise and diet plans, determining not to put off giving up the New Year’s resolutions, are anything but. Are you a procrastinator or not? Dare to understand!
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/tests/career/procrastination-test-abridged Putting things off, enveloped by the anticipation of fun and the whisper of flowing memories of pleasure and the distractions, the distractions, we gaze off into the distance and experience no moment of time freedom. Time freedom could be the freedom purer than any we’ve ever felt. Irish playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) framed the mental picture. “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you'll find you've done it.” Take the long-term consequences of it, external and internal, into consideration--it can seriously ruin our health, our life, and our ability of showing respect to our family, friends, and professional fellows. http://kcur.org/post/negative-consequences-procrastination#stream/0 On the other hand, few (really few) people truly encountered an (im)possibility of surviving and thriving due to their procrastination. This kind of procrastination is as structured as it can be, and the significance of that process needs no exaggeration. Geniuses like Steve Jobs and Leonardo Da Vinci did procrastinate. They procrastinated--they procrastinated productively and strategically. https://www.meaningfulhq.com/strategic-procrastination.html

    Do what we love—like we’re going to lose it. “I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do - the day after.” With endless time, we can see nothing special, and nothing powerful, neither. Is it the worst when we tell ourselves that if I don’t have enough time and energy to do it perfectly, I don’t do it at all? Is it the worst when we forget to remind ourselves that a perfectionist might miss the treasure of experiments and the beauty of learning along the journey? After all, what are we busy with? What is the meaning of what we are busy with? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLEZf0S_MMQ The right time is any time that we still have. Inspirational Writer Israelmore Ayivor encourages us to get the light on. “To wake up every morning is miracle. To make a good use of every day is an appreciation of miracle. To waste the entire hours of each day is ungratefulness towards a miracle already given and received!” Let’s make every second shine in our life--we'll never know when we'll run out of time. Do you always do the hard things first? Honestly, are you more productive with or without the Internet? How to have a clear focus? How to manage ourselves to do the right thing in the right way? https://hbr.org/2018/07/the-leaders-calendar#one-ceos-approach-to-managing-his-calendar Our procrastination is fed by the fear of rejection, the fear of unknown, the fear of change, and the fear of failure. Remember to be aware of time. Once we conquer the fears and be decisive to bridge the gap between intentions and actions, how much time we’ll save is beyond our expectation and imagination. Why don’t we compare our approach and others’? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUAuTcdmaAc

    From “I Am” (by Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

    Cease wondering why you came –
    Stop looking for faults and flaws;
    Rise up to-day in your pride and say,
    ‘I am part of the First Great Cause!
    However full the world,
    There is room for an earnest man.
    It had need of me, or I would not be –
    I am here to strengthen the plan.

    Be a dreamer, and, a doer. Get out of the emotional trap--manage our procrastination by managing our feelings. Our feelings get grown. Feelings are themselves organisms. The moment we embrace ourselves with self compassion is so exquisitely tender, yet, we don’t have to look away. What drives us to chase our dreams will stir all of our energy. Everyone has a missing piece--we can’t always walk hand in hand with it--make sure we are going in the same direction with it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFuFm0m2wj0 Take a good, hard look at some things that we might not be proud of. Meanwhile, remember that vulnerability is human, not shame—limitation is human, not shame—find the comfort to ask for help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDQ1Mi5I4rg While self compassion answers some questions, it creates also others. Author Bridget English simply asserted that “Everyone has the same amount of hours per day, it’s not that you don’t have enough time, it’s that you don’t have a clear focus.” Well, only when we recognize our identity, can we have a clearer focus. Who is it that you’ll try to be? What’s the most important to you? When we value only performance, the anxiety always keeps thundering past. Yet, when we accept who and what we are, when we motivate yourself with the vision of serving more and helping more people, not only our procrastination is tackled, but also our creativity starts sprouting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiM5a-vaNkg Wherever we're standing, don’t take any time, anything for granted. Envision our future and break down the assignments to small actions that can be implemented. Why did Grandma teach us walking with small steps? Partly because small steps can encourage an attitude of tolerance for discomfort. What is the Perfect Symphony but the Symphony of Self-compassion and Self-discipline? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5NYA2PHzz0

    Find humanity through the co-existence of light and shade. Before we connect with the world, we have to connect with ourselves. Our minds race and our hearts thunder in our ears, while we think of procrastination. What is buzzing under the surface of procrastination is self-defeat. Think of time; work for our curiosity; search inside ourselves, where all the light is ignited by the recognition of our identity, the continually reminded vision and mission, and the sacrifices we’ve made. Most importantly, each interruption involves a choice--prioritize the opportunities to see the good in any challenge or obligation. Give more love to this world—magic ourselves back to the castle where we see our true colors and others’ needs clearly. It is still every experiencing self who makes each other more fueled. Listen carefully to the meaning and the rhythm of the calling. In the blink of an eye, everything can be changed. What are you waiting for? Never put off creating more moments meaningful and enjoyable. Join us. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RAjCiW67Mc


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    Jasmine

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  • Re: 20180623, Article, Hsinchu (2018/06/25)

    Re: 20180623, Article, Hsinchu

    20180623, Gathering, Hsinchu
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  • Re: Club Finance (2018/06/23)

    Re: Club Finance

    Hi Everyone,

    The following is the updated file of the financial report for Tainan Happy English Club:

    http://www.happyforum.org/finance/Tainan_Finance.xls

    If you have any questions, please let me know, thanks!

    Grace.

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  • Re: 20180623, Article, Taichung (2018/06/22)

    Re: 20180623, Article, Taichung

    Dear Taichung Happiers,

    It’s better to travel in groups. No?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdUkJfW_xmY

    Crowd behavior--it’s not about the scar--it’s all about your heart. What role do crowds play in people’s lives? How to spring between worlds seen and unseen? Do you love yourself more in real life or in social media? Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900), one of the most iconic figures in late Victorian England, spoke from an open heart. “I won't tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world's voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!” So, why don’t we take a turn? Let us choose to swim against currents of stereotype that the ripple effect of crowd behaviors oftentimes makes rational force washed away. We are not naïve, yet we choose to be perceptive as well as positive--we choose to create collective transformations in cultural values—we choose to make crowd behaviors flourishing, instead of frustrating, by aligning everyone ‘s signature strength. Our minds, which have thereby been spinning, will rearrange themselves; we will feel ourselves again. Good living is never far away from nature—crowd is part of the nature. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to join our host Bill in choosing a bigger collective dream.

    Collective creativity. “The ultimate inspiration for creativity is the deadline.” Once we accomplish the purpose of creativity, what happens to our human nature and the value within every organization, community, and society? What is the creative thinking context in our culture? Which creative DNA can make us hear melodies in everything and with them see colors? The research results take us by surprise: reading fiction can be as powerful as the creative DNA.
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10400419.2013.783735 Moreover, our soaring imagination cultivates creativity like what Author Anna Antinori, a psychologist at the University of Melbourne in Australia, has asserted: “When people are extra open to new experiences — a trait that’s also been linked to insight and imagination — things can look a little different. Their brains are able to flexibly engage with less conventional solutions. We believe this is the first empirical evidence that they have different visual experiences to the average individual.” Furthermore, in a business/organization context, collective creativity is the top secret preventing our team from walking off, fading into a sea of running faces. We are what we share; behind every genius….... are a bunch of other geniuses. https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10871/16554 Our fierce attempts for collective creativity need complete competence. Complete. Diversity. Agility (acting and planning the way forward). Reliability (valuing every contribution). Additionally, I would like to endorse this new skill of brainstorming--focus on questions, not answers, for breakthrough insights. https://hbr.org/2018/03/better-brainstorming All right, relax, please. Love Ratatouille, the pride of Pixar’s collective creativity? Pixar is Pixar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5qOzqD9Rms

    Collective conversion. “I put a dollar in a change machine. Nothing changed.” Define familiarity. Define novelty. Define meaning. Former Secretary of the State of Connecticut Pauline R. Kezer injected the image of the significance of change into our minds. “Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.” To change is to mature. It feels difficult. Yet, the beauty worthy of our contemplation and preparation is knowing who we'll become, what we don’t know we don’t know, and where our collective evolution is committed to. Who are we? How engaged are we without the inspiration of change? https://www.forbes.com/sites/chriscancialosi/2015/09/15/collective-impact-a-collaborative-approach-to-creating-change/#f4a384f740be To change is to explore a growth mindset. A growth mindset is an interdependence mindset, which allows that collaborative approach to bring out the best in everyone, and that there's an opportunity for fulfilling individual responsibilities and collective responsibilities. To change is to plant the seeds of trust and compassion. The trust in our past and the trust in our present are two unbroken wings for us to fly high with fearlessness. The path of positive change is sometimes pretty dynamic and complicated—if seeking reassurance in collective action is not the goal, what is? We can be positive change warriors by serving, by inspiring, by learning, by being generous enough to preserve others’ dignity, and by appreciating the golden petals of compassion raining down. The door to further quest can be opened by the culture of compassion--take one step closer to make this world a better place. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VML4VmSlCc

    From “Resolve” (by Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

    Prate not of thy repentance.
    But believe
    The spark divine dwells in thee: let it grow.

    That which the unpreaching spirit can achieve,
    The grand and all creative forces know;
    They will assist and strengthen as the light
    Lifts up the acorn to the oak-tree’s height.

    Thou hast but to resolve, and lo! God’s whole
    Great universe shall fortify thy soul.

    Collective confidence. People are sheep. TV is the shepherd? Confidence flies us on the edge of the sea, where the possible is felt deeper. Only when constantly exercised can our confidence muscles be beautiful. Whenever, wherever, demonstrate our assuredness with body language, dress better to feel better, learn speaking skills from favorite speakers, think and act positively, and take more actions.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6liHdYi-3U Confidence is a gift. When we are confident and treating people with respect, we give others our self-confidence, which is contagious. We feel a little bit out-of-body, because we have a sensation of being free and fortunate again--it doesn’t matter where we are--we'll find out the whole sky was colored in glorious celebration. We are not perfect; we are, actually, only human. However, we should trust, collectively, in our abilities, qualities, and judgment. To build initiatives to support collective competence and confidence, context is the highlight. https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/10108066 Collective confidence needs constant conservation just like a garden. We feed it with the daily delivery of admiration, awareness, and acceptance. Collective confidence gravitates to the rhythm of shared structures and standards in the way a plant arches up to the sunlight. With collective confidence, we are reassured that every small win counts; we can always be prepared—never rely on anyone else to give us things that we can get by ourselves; we can implement long term strategies for immediate challenges. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oOJRkDmAw8 Above all, stop looking to feel superior to someone else. Nobody is better out than another; we have to look at the projection we cast on each other. Only when we master the art and practice of collective confidence, can we feel deeply about the contentment along the journey that is full of challenges and rewards.

    What is our collective dream but another name of “connection”? Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston, defines connection as “the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Connection, connection, connection. Our own fur has been the connection. Connection is to create moments that matter—and, as many moments as possible; connection is valuing “We” over “I”; connection is giving people more and better choices. We are part of the endless whole. So, be compelling, build confidence, and give out our strength as well as warmth. Interact with the world and embrace the collective identity--it’s not about the scar--it’s all about our hearts. Hear the world hum, shall we? Join us. Thanks!!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jil-SbVSry8


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