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Inspiration of the 2017 Lunar New Year

Did you know that the Lunar New Year celebration for almost 4 billion Asians is way more significant than the first day of the Gregorian calendar? Did you know that January 28, 2017 marks the beginning of the New Year of the Rooster? Did you know what rooster symbolizes? The rooster which symbolizes honesty is the 10th among the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig). He is a true friend who has been accompanying Asian farmers for several thousand years. His former role as an “alarm clock” in a traditional agricultural society was greatly appreciated. Numerous Chinese expressions and proverbs were thus created about the rooster, here is my favourite one: 聞雞起舞 wén jī...

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Happiness of the Mirror

Are you in great personal and professional relationships? Are we the average of people we spend the most time with? First of all, let me tell you a Japanese story I like. I often tell my children about this oriental tale because I think it brings a different perspective on ourselves. “1000 mirrors” Dogs talk about an attractive yet mystical house near village, nobody knows that there are 1000 mirrors on the second floor in this house. The first brave dog decides to explore it. He enters into this house, step by step, he climbs the stairs up. The ambience is so silent that the cracking of the wooden floor makes him doubt his initial decision. He starts to be anxious and nervous because he has no idea what...

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Happiness of sleep

Do you sleep well night after night? Does the quality of your sleep energize you enough? This morning I read 於娟 Yujuan’s story. A Chinese university professor who passed away at the age of 32. Only one year before her death, she was at the peak of her life: a young baby in her arms, her head upon the shoulder of her husband, PhD obtained at a renowned American university, a brilliant career in China… Suddenly, she was told she was entering the terminal phase of her cancer. During the last months of her life, she did everything she could to find out why this illness happened to her so young since nobody in her family has cancer. She documented her research, analysis and reflection into a...

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How to become an expert

Professionals often asks me “Chia, how to become a recognized and respected specialist?” Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer quoted “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” “賣油翁 – mài yóu wēnɡ – The old oil seller” is a millenary Chinese story to second the benefits of living with determination. On a beautiful day, a large crowd gathered around an archer. One arrow after another, he shot accurately at his target from a great distance of 80 meters. Wow, what a performance! Everybody applauded… except one old man. The bowman, unhappy with the reaction of this old man, approached him and asked: “Can you do what I do?” The senior smiled and answered: “No. However, I can show you something else.” The old man placed...

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