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How about some jazz?

Today I went to a Jazz concert. It is the first live concert of Jazz I ever attended and the performance was wonderful.

When listening, my body can’ help shaking and dancing tot he rhythms of the music. The melody of Jazz sounds casual and informal, as spontaneous expression of emotions.

Jazz connects directly to the audience, and the instruments speaks directly to the audience. It is a hippy and cool, and I like the trumpeter whose music really talked into my minds.

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Write something everyday and don’t sabotage myself

Write down the thinking immediately or least once a day, let them accumulate and ferment.

Don’t sabotage oneself, and you know it when you are doing it. So just avoid it.

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Chaos management method

I have to admit that I erred on the side of being very disorganized. What’s ironical is that I spend more time trying to organizing things rather than focusing on the things to be done.

Today I make a decision to invent my own ‘chaos management method’, which means this:

Taking the state of chaos as the normal circumstance of things. Then focus on one thing and do it with consistence, and feel comfortable to leave other things disorganized and chaotic. Gradually, that one thing, presumably the most important thing to do for a period of time, will drag chaotic matters into its orbit, forming a stable planetary system around the common core.

This may sound abstract, so let me give you an example:

When organizing numerous types of files in a computer, I used to put them into different categories and created an individual folder for them. The time spent on examining and organizing them are considerable, but the result is not satisfactory. Very soon, I will create a lot of folders with all kinds of names and initial purpose of organizing them is defeated.

Now, I will do this: throw all the files into a portable drive, and only keep the documents that is absolutely necessary for the current project in the computer disk drive. When the current project is finished or suspended, immediately move them to the portable drive. The only thing to keep in mind is that care should be taken to give the files recognizable names so that they can be easily searched and located in case they are resurfaced to attention.

Executive files should not be bothered with any form of organization. Photos should be named with their occasion and the date. For the Office files and informational files, make sure they are synchronized across the computers and backed up automatically. The idea is: rather than managing several chaotic universes, I would just throw all objects into one universe, and find the things I need in that big universe.

I am a non-linear person and this is my method of chaotic management.

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What if I am the garbage comber, what if I am God?

My daily jogging is now changed into jogging on alternate days. I run at least 3km every other day, sometimes 5km and I plan to extend the route into 6km and keep it that way for a while. Today I did 5km but didn’t feel enough because I didn’t sweat as much as before. Next time I will wear my wrist watch so that I can time my speed.

Now back to the topic of this post.

Many times when I return from my jogging, I saw a middle-aged woman combing through garbage bins. Once I saw her bending her upper body into the trunk of the garbage cart and digging. Obviously she collects recyclable things and sells them to make a living.

I took pity on her because it is such a ghastly job and I cannot imagine how I can endure it if I were her. Imagine the smell and all kinds of nasty things you may find inside piles of garbage contained in plastic bags. What if I am in her position, how would I change my fate? Presumably nobody wants to do such a kind of job, even the most dedicated ascetic would shun away from this way of living.

If I were this woman, would I be tied down to this job forever, busying feeding myself, and never have a chance to escape? Most probably? Would I be able to squeeze out some spare time and learn different skills at the age of 50? Would I quit that nasty job and become a dish washer or street sweeper? Would I so hate myself that I would plunge into the sea in the stormed weather? Or my mind would be so numbed that I don’t even pity myself or care nothing other than the garbage harvesting?

I do not know the answers. I wish I could see the woman’s life to this point on a screen so that I could draw some lessons.

Today, when I entered my neighborhood and saw her again, I suddenly had his idea: what if I am God, what can I do to change her miserable life?

My immediate thought is make her life even worse off and utterly desperate so that she can be galvanized into taking some drastic measures to change her life. Then I can help her and decorate her new path with more opportunities and pleasant surprises. I know giving her more garbage to harvest will not make her life better, and only when she has nothing to lose, she will try to seek a different path and only at that time my help will not become charity.

In one sense, I am no different from the garbage woman. Do I dare to break away from my current and start a new one?

Disclaimer:

My judgement on the woman who collects garbage is merely and completely conjured in my mind, and it does not reflect her true state of mind and living style. She may be a perfectly happy woman with a very fulfilling life. After all, nobody can say guarantee that an emperor lives better than a peasant.

 

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Let’s lose some weight

I lost over 10 pounds in the last 40 days or so by following this routine:

  1. Exercise. Alternating jogging (3 kilometers) and walking every other day. I feel I can even do 5 kilometers for the running.
  2. Eat far less. I do not eat a formal lunch, only having some fruit to ease the hunger. I have some meat for dinner but eat as less rice and noodles as possible.
  3. Sleep early. I do not stay up too often as before.

When it gets warmer, I will alternate jogging with swimming.

Strength and determination can only come from the inside. I never dreamed that I suddenly have such a strong will and persistence to exercise and keep fit. You know what? It feels so good to be thinner and energetic again. I do not need so much food to keep myself going with daily life. Actually, eating less means less burden for my stomach and body to handle the carbohydrate I get from rice and noodles.

My plan is to lose 30 pounds and go back to my normal weight.

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Four years of blogging

This blog started in the April of 2008 and now it is almost four years. A lot of things have happened and I didn’t record them all in this blog.

I just did some cleaning and editing of this blog, deleting two lame posts, reinserting a missing and removing the empty folders in the upload directory.

There are 143 posts right now. Those posts in which I have invested efforts and time, are still very readable. I can’t believe I actually spent so much time writing the trivial things, but this is not a waste of time as long as I keep writing in English. At least my English writing will not get so rusty and I am not supposed to compose a magnum opus here.

The thinking and the weirdness will go on.

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Inspirations from the Wizard of OZ

If you are willing to go a thousand miles to look for a master, there may be one right next to your door, so I read from Steven Job’s biography.

This time, the master, or great wizard to be more accurate, that I am seeking was delivered right to my desk. It is a children’s version of the Wizard of OZ which inspired me and taught me the important lessons on how to live a life.

To be honest, I have heard about this book and the movie adapted from the story long ago, but I despised it because the movie poster looked strange to me, so I never took my time to watch or read it.

After reading the dumbed down version of the book, listening to its audio version and watching half of the film over the past week, I realize, just like the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion and the Kansas girl discovered, that you need three things to live a good life. They are:

  1. A brain to learn and think
  2. A heart to feel and love
  3. Courage to seek and fight

And you do not need to go over the rainbow to find them because you already have them — just look inside over the places where you have overlooked. After you find them, then you need to learn how to use them just as Dorothy’s did with her red shoes.

So what do I want from the great wizard of OZ? I would say all the three of the natures but most importantly the courage to do things. I often scare myself and conjure up the worse case scenario whenever I leave my comfort zone. The very few times when I ventured outside of my spiritual confinement, I gained and learned a lot and those experiences became the most memorable moments of my life.

This year is the time for me to drive once again on the route of 66 for self-fulfillment.

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Accept or change

I realize that everything about life can be boiled down to two things: accept or change.

Life choices become easier and sensible if you reason like this:

1. Life is best lived when we constantly change for better.

2. Any change has its risks and unknown hardships. Be prepared to confront them.

3. Do not judge by its appearance and have some patience when deciding what is best for you.

You are caught between willingly sacrifice to make the change happen or reluctantly lose your life to inertia and inaction.

 

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Make the blog posts personal

A blog should talk, not lecture. I don’t like the two previous posts on meeting the needs of the customers because they reads dry and lifeless, being too abstract for the readers and too boring as a journal for self-reference.

I am not a marketing expert and I am in no position writing a treatise on customer service with comprehensiveness and depth. Instead I can write from my personal experience and share the cases I encounter so that lessons can be drawn.

Particularly from the last two sales in Taobao, I learned a lot. The most important thing is that customers can feel how much effort you put in the product.

If customers are sure that you are putting your heart to the job and you are working toward the best of their interests, everything else will be easy. The majority of the customers will find out the true value of the product sooner or later because it is their money.

Many great revelations are actually simple. My understanding of building a best company is the one that puts the heart into the product. Apple’s IPhone is an example and Thinkpad is another. There is always insufficient supply of ‘devotion and dedication’ in the market, and company that can manufacture it will prosper.

 

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Inspirations from the short film “Lost and Found”

The 2008 British short film “Lost and Found” is particularly inspiring for my current state of mind. Here are some quotations which address my current concerns very well.

First impressions are a funny thing and it’s always wise to take a moment to consider this when something new turns up on yours doorstep.

Now, anyone could be forgiven when faced with such an uninvited problem for choosing the easy way out. Then again some people just don’t have it in them to do anything other than the right thing.

So much for the best-laid plans as too often a small voice is not heard in a wider world! Yet when things aren’t going quite the way they should, it occurs to some that if something is worth doing it’s worth doing yourself.