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  • Re: 20181013, Article, Taichung (2018/10/12)

    Re: 20181013, Article, Taichung

    Dear Taichung Happiers,

    If you could do everything, what would you like to do?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXzVTy_ojek

    “Life doesn’t give us purpose. We give life purpose.” Purpose. Bill Gates can give us an encouraging nod; nevertheless, he reminds us that finding the right goal and the right metric for tracking one's progress is surprisingly difficult. That’s why this topic will definitely make us hear our heartbeat fill our eardrums. Happiness is the invisible yet invaluable key to success; happiness is closing the gap between what we want to be and how we are behaving. What drives the Slash Sea wild? Dr. Stewart D. Friedman, a professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania argues that “Accomplishment in one’s career or public life comes not so much at the expense of the other parts, but rather be because of the commitments that you have to the different parts of your life.” What is pulling you miles miles away from your dream lives? What do you want to achieve next? What is the unstoppable force in your heart? Those who having a clear vision, challenging themselves to change, and finding the voice to elevate others always stand out in our minds with cheerful calm and consequential contribution. In this way, before diving into the Slash Sea, re-think about what we really desire/expect, and what kind of energy we really need. Let’s inspire and support each other. Welcome to join us in defining and redefining our uniqueness, re-setting the GPS: where we are now and where we’re going.

    “Sometimes you got to run before you can walk.” Because of technology development and the multi-dimensions of business ecosystems, the world has become more and more disruptive. “The key to job searching is looking inside yourself. It's all about the inner view.” We have no options but disturbing the silence of the status quo. Classical Greek philosopher Socrates (c. 470 – 399 BC) correctly clarified, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Learning is the river carrying the waves of enhancement and innovation--days and days stream by, drawing us along in the current--every wave glitters remarkably and radiantly. Researchers suggest us to swim against the currents of competition with the learning maps of challenging long-held assumptions, remaining present and engaged, developing strong self-awareness, taking “progressive risk”, and being open to experience.
    https://hbr.org/2015/06/improve-your-ability-to-learn No matter how advanced we’ve become, there’s still tremendous pressure for us to compete and succeed. What propels us with the motivation to continue learning is the curiosity, which increases the space between what we currently know and what we want to know. Therefore, deliberately make opportunities to discover more streams flowing beneath every forest to learn more. Who is the best motivation speaker? Look into the mirror. https://www.inc.com/julian-hayes-ii/5-ways-to-stay-motivated-when-you-feel-like-giving-up.html Create a learning culture wherever you stay to be more critical, flexible, and adaptable. Have you ever imagined working for a learning organization like Pixar? How will you disrupt yourself if you work for Pixar? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOjJLj1m1u0

    “When you decide not to be afraid, you can find friends in super unexpected places.” Yes. Be a "super connector". A super connector creates a system, where we feel more comfortable and confident. “The pilot was a loner but even for him flying a drone was just too remote.” Connecting is not only for receiving any resources in return—it’s to influence more people, to inspire more people to feel good, and to impact further on positive culture—the network of supporters built in our place can create ripples elsewhere. No worries. The ripples will command attention of a bigger world. Seize every opportunity to extend ourselves in a new way. Join a powerful organization to hang out with right people we need. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247896 Before seeking for the network to open our hearts and change our perspective, make sure that our relationship with ourselves has entered a new and better stage. Enforce acceptance, instead of control—notice and experience your ideas and emotions with open-mindedness. Boost emotional intelligence to be a super connector for a fulfilled life, personally and professionally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDQ1Mi5I4rg If you lack a support group, create it. Surround yourself with more people who will push you to dream bigger and share more. Recognize and respect the power of sharing; the power of sharing is the power of creating; quality connections can dramatically deepen our influence and integrity! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qaSUeVFpzI

    “Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ This is my gift.” What makes us succeed doesn’t guarantee our fulfillment; our fulfillment stems from our gifts. “I love being a maze designer. I get completely lost in my work.” To feel more alive and meaningful, nothing can be more intriguing and inspiring than figuring out our life passion/purpose and where we are going next. Never compromise the unwillingness to waste time on fighting for what is not ours, nor to lose ourselves in others’ dreams. Are you investing time and skills in the right career? https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/11/-sp-questionnaire-what-job-would-make-you-happiest To unleash possibilities, to prevent the dark side from clouding everything, we need to find meaning and value at every life stage. Meaning and value. Having a clear vision is like planting a garden. It must be tended and nurtured and fed, the color will soon drain from our faces otherwise. Love and respect teach us to design the multi-dimensional graphic of this vision garden. Patience and care string the branches up against the sky. We have an eye. We see things. The confusion of a clear picture for future possibilities is like everyone’s aesthetic sensibilities lost and found. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVx6ntr5OqI Einstein once suggested “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” So, how to make meanings and prove the work you do matters, to you, and, to others? What difference it makes? When you don’t know how to make decisions, think about what you want to be. Most importantly, please bear in mind that intangible vision can wink broadly at us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2M733Yp934&app=desktop

    From “Before you knew you owned it” (by Alice Walker)

    Wish for nothing larger
    Than your own small heart
    Or greater than a star;
    Tame wild disappointment
    With caress unmoved and cold
    Make of it a parka
    For your soul.

    Discover the reason why
    So tiny human midget
    Exists at all
    So scared unwise
    But expect nothing.
    Live frugally
    On surprise.


    “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever you were gonna do anyway.” Are you ready? Are you ready to see the flowers in our vision garden choreographing their blooms to the ripple sound of connection? Are you ready to see the light of our fulfillment sway like the stars floating above our learning rivers? We can’t really give people anything until we improve ourselves. Dreams should be felt in the gut. Dreams should be big enough to scare us. Dreams should be wild enough to take our breath away. However, what we passionately pursue is not a picture-perfect career. Focus on the present, and the next door will open. Dream big. Leave a legacy. Give your gift to the world. Again, let us dance on our heartbeats together, shall we? Your passion will spark our passion. Your strength our strength. Join us. Thanks!!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQGmxMz0dgg



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    With Gratitude,
    Jasmine

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  • Re: 20181005, Article, Taipei (2018/10/09)

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  • Re: 20180914, Article, Taipei (2018/10/09)

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  • Re: 20181006, Article, Tainan (2018/10/08)

    Re: 20181006, Article, Tainan

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  • Re: 20181006, Article, Taichung (2018/10/04)

    Re: 20181006, Article, Taichung

    Dear Taichung Happiers,

    Please finish this sentence: learning a foreign language is ______________________________.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OB72GZOS4c

    Language is the door to dreams. Our first-time host Alice has elegantly opened the door. She is a retired English teacher and the former president of Toastmaster Club. After winning the Toastmasters Taiwan District championship of English Speech contest, she attended the International Contest in the US, depicting “The Beginning of the Story”. Alice’s explicit goal reminds me of what my teacher repeatedly suggested:”Practice doesn’t make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect.” The language we are speaking directs our eyes, shapes our thinking, and influences our behaviors. Without language, we can see only empty rivers and locked houses. Learning a new language engages our senses in a new and powerful way—it provokes us to feel more, create more, and reflect more on ourselves. The beauty of language functions as a generative value in the voice of every passionate learner/user. Although nothing could have prepared us for the way every corner of the world is possessed by the passion for English, the respect flowing from my teacher’s voice and eyes is the most sincere and steadiest encouragement for me. Deep down, I hope this kind of respect and encouragement can be continuously seen in Happy English Club. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to join us in getting the “Shakespeare” face on for this weekend.

    A new language is a new hope. “Language is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery.” Talking about the benefits of learning a new language is much much more exciting than running a shopping marathon. Language extends our short time and limited space, by bringing the complication and information of other people’s knowledge and life experiences. Tell me, please, would the human thought and desire survive without the storytellers, the poets, the historians, the scientists, or the singers? Without language, what heritage would have descended to us? Check out how Steven Pinker, the professor of Psychology at Harvard University, illustrates how brain allows us to use language for abstract purposes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-B_ONJIEcE&app=desktop The journey of language learning has unzipped our minds and seen inside; the social conventions, the eye contact, and the intonation we have while practicing a new language boost our confidence, and consequently cultivate our decision-making skills. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/foreign-language-improve-decisions/ What takes our breath away when we learn a new language? Perhaps, it’s like when we open the champagne, we feel the bubble of enthusiasm rising up exquisitely and mysteriously, projecting happy brightness, looking so distant and simultaneously so close to us, and we say “Le terroir”! When we learn a new language, the world is so much bigger and better than we expected! When we learn a new language, it makes us feel that we can be bigger and better, too. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/27/world-view-learn-another-language

    When did you last let your heart decide? Not only American author H. Jackson Brown, Jr. gave a piece of his mind--“Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language”, but also British scholar and writer Roger Ascham (c. 1515 – December 23, 1568) had seen language more intensively and encouraged people with pretty words: “As a hawk flieth not high with one wing, even so a man reacheth not to excellence with one tongue.” The secret of language is the secret of attitude; what makes people decide to pursue the proficiency of a new language can be beyond our imagination and expectation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enxcv2xNmdY I know, I know, the most beautiful language is the language of food, and, the theories of language acquisition might be all Greek to us. Having fun and enjoying the learning process can effortlessly sustain our primary motivations; meanwhile, reading is the most essential infrastructure on the land of language. Then, how to make reading more enjoyable and richly rewarding? Do you prefer novels or comics? http://www.comic-prospector.com/24-awesome-batman-comics-to-read-online-for-free/ Have you ever listened to poetry readings at midnight? https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/11/how-to-read-poetry-a-step-by-step-guide/380657/ Above all, we cannot afford to underestimate the power of context. Which context you have encountered is the most empowering? While one context in the language castle surprising you, shocking you, striking you with undisputed depth and gifting you the vibrating courage for the unknown future, the brilliant sunlight reveals the message within the invisible ink: let go of your “language ego” and find self-affirmation. Yes! Once upon a context……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcyDEzv9Hi0

    “THE CHAOS” (by Dr. Gerard Nolste Trenité)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDMi8Sm9s58

    To dream or not to dream, that is the question. Every language is interrelated with its culture. “My wife is teaching me Cuban. It's like Spanish but with fewer words for luxury goods.” It’s language that formulates who we are and how we are. It’s what we do with the language and how others respond to our language, not language itself, that change our lives. It’s the fear or the discomfort of learning that makes us miss the wonder of language. We focus on the culture while learning a language--what its speakers believe, how they behave, their foods, fears, customs, celebrations, etc. have enormous influence on their attitudes, values, and ideas. Yes. Now, again, relax, please. Have a nice cup of coffee, and learn languages and cultures through films. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYQ4zLFC-5E How a language can inform us of its culture? How culture can help us understand the language? Everyone has their own Shakespeare face. We feel a mix of emotions circling and clearing the way the bright thread connecting the language to us circling and clearing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gk9A_dnmK8 It’s the originality of language and cultural tastes for us--the highest of language is to affect our daily life--can we allow and appreciate multiculturalism in the English language? In this era of globalization, of cross culture, will English evolve into a fusion style, or it has been, already? Where English will take us is based on chance; in which direction we will shape English is all about choice. The English we develop is our own; identity drives opportunities. Everyone has their own “Shakespeare” face—dream the dreams of a relatively authentic speaker, shall we? Dream on and share out loud. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEWlBW51j3A

    Language learning is a long way from “home” —in order to return home again, we have to travel far far away. Language is the window to another culture; after returning from the learning journey, we find our culture stranger, in a good way, than others, and we are humble enough to apprehend and acknowledge it. German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749 – March 22, 1832) admonished us that “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.” Along the learning journey, we constantly breathe doubt, desolation, reservation, and restlessness --only awakening to identity filters out from the soul the dust of daily life and helps us exhale the satisfaction, inspiration, and rejoicing through our hearts. Language is the unpredictable yet valuable light reflecting who we are. Love yourself. Lay on your cool face. Join us. Thanks!!!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChcR2gKt5WM



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    With Gratitude,
    Jasmine

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  • Re: 20180929, Article, Kaohsiung (2018/10/04)

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  • Re: 20180915, Article, Tainan (2018/09/18)

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