• Qiao Zhang

3 words I have taken away from 2020


2020 is coming to an end.


It is a year so surreal, that could have only taken place in a movie. Yet it becomes our reality.


It is a year that drives every individual and organization to change and reinvent, willingly or unwillingly.


It is a year that puts the humanity into the spotlight, and triggers searching on self-care and mindfulness.


For me, 2020 leaves 3 words to ponder on:


Patience

"The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit."

- Unknown


In nature, everything takes time to grow and to ripe.


A Christmas tree takes about 6 to 10 years to grow before it finally arrives at a household to serve its purpose.


Changes and transformation take time, as well as fighting a global pandemic. In an era of uncertainty, such patience and faith are especially important.


Faith about the good side of humanity. Faith about the innate abundance and resilience that nature has bestowed upon us.


This description of patience captures all: "Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting."



Create

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."

- Peter Drucker


We are constantly creating, as long as we are breathing.


We are creating memories, experience, emotions, thoughts, mistakes, dead skin tissues, among all others.


Everything starts from nothing.


In the time of uncertainty, what would we like to mindfully create for a future we would like to live in?


As the Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri beautifully puts it:


"The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering."



Oneness

万物得一以生。

All things obtained the One and became alive and kept growing;

Lao Tzu


The global pandemic has shown us how closely all of us are connected, as a whole.


Despite different values, social status, cultures, etc. we are the same vulnerable human being in front of the virus. It can happen to anyone of us.


What we think, what we feel, what we say or do, what we do not say or do, could have a much bigger impact on others now, good or bad (esp. the effect is multiplied by social media)


So what would we like to mindfully give out to the "Oneness" community?



Talking about community, 3 other female coaches and I would like to support the non-German female professionals and other expats in Germany, to mindfully reflect 2020 and to set a positive intent to start 2021, through an interactive workshop on Dec.16th


Re-invent yourself in Germany: New Year Special - Look back and Look forward


(sign up via here)

How have you been re-inventing yourself throughout the year? What is the biggest learning for you from 2020?


How would you like to re-invent yourself in 2021? What would you like to keep and what kind of NEW gift would you like to unwrap?


Come with your stories, and leave with rich tools and questions for mindful reflection and goal setting. Join us and start your process of positively setting your intention for 2021.


I look forward to meeting you there!

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