In German you say that some people fear their own shadow.
Every day I get even more surprised how we keep sticking to old habits – just because somehow we are not self confident enough – or are just afraid of changing things.
Nonetheless – looking back – there was hardly any change in my life which did not bring new opportunities or new chances.
I remember my grand’ma telling me – each time there was a kind of malheur in my life : “Child, you never know what this is good for…”.
And she was right.
All the best
More than 25 years ago I used to live in Berlin.
I came as a student to West-Berlin. It was still the era of the wall, of the “Transitstrecke”, of the Trabbis and Wartbis in East-Berlin, of Checkpoint Charlie, Checkpoint Bravo etc…
It was also the time of the SS20, of the Pershing missiles, of the post cold war remaining competition and tensions between East and West.
And then came Gorbi, John Paul the 2nd, Lech Walesa and many other great women and men who changed the world.
It was also the time of the incredible European construction, making out of historic foes a federation of friendship, solidarity and entrepreneurship – some good examples being the French-German friendship, Airbus, and ESA.
Today it seems to me that too many of us in Europe and North-America have forgotten the meaning of war and political instability – and do no longer understand the critical importance of what had been build over the last 60 years.
I’ve made the experience a couple of times that people who have very little are usually much more willing to give and share what they have, rather than their wealthy alter egos.
The same way it seems that the new luxury and comfort in our countries have also led to more egoism. This is leading to dramatic deviations such as the Brexit, to FN in France or AFD in Germany, or to “America First” in the US and other ridiculous Trump-pets and resulting behaviors.
Only a federated Europe can be strong in the future, only open minded and open trading US can confirm their leadership in a world where huge changes – demographic, economic and cultural – are already going on in Asia and other regions.
Fear, isolation and protectionism will not help – but on the contrary cooperation, federation and integration will make sure that we will be part of the next gen world…
“The start of a New Year is always special. There is a feeling of renewal as we look to a new year, a new beginning and there is a sense of excitement for making changes or adopting new habits.
I want you to be successful at one goal, only one goal this year—and that is accomplishing one small goal you know you can accomplish. So start small. Make a promise and keep it…make a promise and keep it. And soon you will enlarge your strength, confidence and capabilities to discipline yourself to achieve other goals.
And if you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience, then you will find your own definition of success.
I wish you well on your journey in the New Year. You have the potential for greatness in you! Go for it! Start small. Make a promise and keep it. ”
Adapted from Stephen Richards Covey, 1932-2012
I wish you all a Happy New Year!
This is what I just saw on FB, from 101 Powerful Affirmations…
Well that is true. We lost our Grand’Ma in 2012, she was 97. Even if this was not really unexpected, it’s been a strong shock for the full family indeed.
While looking for some good statement for the new year, I also realized that Stephen Covey left us a couple of months ago. I got a hint from Reinhard S. in the early eighties about this great book – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people. And it’s been a guidance every day since then…
Stephen said once “If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience, then you will find your own definition of success.”.
Very true again.
All the best
Ok, seems in those days even an old fashioned guy like me needs to run his own blog.
So I’ll probably keep boring you over the next couples of weeks, months and hopefully years…
All the best
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