Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
~Henry David Thoreau
A few years ago, I told D that he has to be smart when trying to get his point across to me. He would need to use Vulcan Logic to break down my reluctance and stubbornness, in order to convince me to see his side of things.
Well, he did it. I was convinced to cycle to Kortrijk for the Mayday event yesterday! My slight dizziness and coughing fit did not seem to have affected my bike ride by much. To my pleasant surprise, I am not even suffering from any muscle pain today. Admittedly, the coughing fit got worse, but the cold evening was to be blamed for that – not the cycling.
Yep, one will not be able to argue against Vulcan Logic.
From the article entitled 5 Skills to Help You Develop Emotional Intelligence:
1. Practice Self-Awareness
2. Channelling Your Emotions Well
3. Learn to Motivate Yourself
4. Recognize Emotions in Others to Create Healthier Relationships
5. Infuse Your Emotions with Values
Yesterday, D and I went to Kortrijk to buy tickets for an upcoming event. Unfortunately, the shop has stopped selling these since last October, and we would need to purchase the tickets online. So, D and I did some window shopping at the mall and went for a short stroll in the city before proceeding to our other errands. Before leaving the mall, D purchased a nice summer jacket which he really like.
Kortrijk on a Wednesday afternoon, when school was out, were crawling with teenagers! The heaviest concentration seems to be at the the mall. I noticed that a lot of them were actually buying things and have little shopping bags with them. When I remarked that kids are spending their parents earnings, D reminded me that our niece has been working in the weekends to earn some extra cash.
I am all for the hard-working teenagers. I find it wonderful that some youngsters are becoming aware of the rewards they can get in exchange for their time and energy. Hopefully, they are also appreciating and saving their earnings for greater goals, and not be converted into little consuming zombies by the big businesses.
We live in a different and more challenging world now. A lifestyle of mindless and endless consumption is simply unsustainable.
People tell me stuff. I think it has to do with the fact that I do not talk much, thus making me a good listener. And maybe it has to do with this trustworthy face of mine, who knows…
However, I was not such a good listener last evening. I caught myself spacing out several times during my weekly chat with my parents. There are big chunks of the two hour chat which I can no longer recall, especially when mom was recounting old stories or her daily activities this past week.
The mind wanders, it is a fact.
A chicken has two legs – unless it is handicapped. Each chicken leg is comprised of a thigh and a drumstick.
Back in the days, dad will buy one chicken from the market every Saturday. That was our weekly chicken consumption, unless there were feast days in the week. It that case, there shall be two chickens.
The two thighs and two drumsticks were divided among the four children. If you get the drumstick this week, you will have the chicken thigh next week. And so it goes… fair and logic sharing. Personally, I see no big difference between a thigh or a drumstick. I was just grateful to have half a chicken leg on my plate every Sunday.
And now, let me get to the point. First, Math does not lie. Second, my parents are good and fair people. So, to the claim that one child might have been showered with more than half a chicken leg every week, do check and review your memories. Be reminded that by making such a remark, you are actually questioning the decency of my parents. Please put a cork in this nonsense.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
~Carl Gustav Jung
Just read a 2016 article entitled 3 Important Life Skills Nobody Ever Taught You. The life skills are:
- How to Stop Taking Things Personally
- How to Be Persuaded and Change Your Mind
- How to Act Without Knowing the Result
I am one of those people who will never get tired (nor too old) of learning and improving my skills.
This morning, I practiced calligraphy on unwanted paper. This way, I may reduce and recycle the paper mountain ever so slowly and also improve my brush strokes. Writing Chinese characters has always been a challenge to me since my primary school days. In my younger days, I could never find the time nor patience to achieve a decent standard in calligraphy. Maybe now…
In the afternoon, I did some online mathematics quizzes. Damn, it felt like playing an intriguing computer game. After that quick hour of math, I went on to the next challenge I set up for myself. I began to look into and try to learn a programming language called Python. I already know six human languages, why not learn a non-human one and see how far that goes?
It is never too late to learn something.
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
~George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman