I have been to China many times before in my life but this time is the longest consecutive stay and it has been a roller coaster. Back in Sweden I never really depended on anybody else very much in the day-to-day life but here in China there have been a couple of key people the past months who helped me both personally and professionally.
Keeping these relationships working and happy has sometimes been a challenge due to other things happening in my life. No matter what I am grateful for what I have learned the past months about life and I am grateful for the small steps forward in my personal development it has made me take. I hope when we all look back at these months in awhile we will have forgotten the bad and just remember the good.
One of my favorite quotes these days is:
“Part of being human is that we can’t go back, we can only hope that if we come across that moment again we’ll do it the right way.”
I have followed the election in the US online on various sites the past months, I like listening to the speeches by the candidates and others to hopefully learn and improve my own public speaking ability. One of the best speeches this election was by Donald Trump Jr at the Republican convention. Very powerful and delivered in a way that captured the audience!
But I can not help but wonder where the world is heading? Not only because the results of the American election, I am sure the US will stay good and powerful under the new president. The differences between current times and the past are quite big. What does it take to become popular these days? What does it take to get hired for the most powerful job in the world?
Listen to the speeches by both the final candidates of 2016 and compare it to the “Peace Speech” by John F. Kennedy.
You cannot imagine a leader of the western world making a speech like this these days.
“World peace does not require that man loves thy neighbor, but only that they live together in mutual tolerance”
“The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war.”
“Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable, and we believe they can do it again.”
“Our problems are man-made and therefore can be solved by man”.
“… if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”