Contemplate the Heavens (Pt 2)

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Booking under: Nicole

If the principle behind “another year older, another year wiser” holds true, I would expect this post to be written with additional wisdom as I’ve just turned a year older this week! As our regular reader, you are probably the best person to tell if this statement paints an accurate picture of growing.

Jokes aside, I am beyond humbled with the love and blessings around me, which is my key source of happiness. Indeed, August is a month filled with joyful celebrations as the birthday of my mom and Keith’s mom also fall in this month. Please join me in wishing them Happy Birthday and good health on their special days cake

August’s theme is Contemplate the Heavens, and I am happy to practice the commitments set out two weeks ago. Let me walk you through each of them.

1. Keep a gratitude notebook

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Apparently we should be grateful for pineapple because it is a great source of vitamin C.

I’ve decided to write in my gratitude journal every other day instead of every day because I don’t want to overdo it and cause it to become counter-intuitive. This actually worked out quite well for me. Of course, different people have different preferences so just choose the frequency that suits you best.

Summarizing the points that I documented, they are specific in detail and have a balanced focus on both people and things. A safe journey with smooth traffic between home and the office, spending quality time with my loved ones, and receiving pleasant surprises are good causes for gratitude. It is equally important to stay optimistic and grateful during negative events and then pull the strings to turn them into positive ones. I know it’s easier said than done but I can gladly share that I have exhibited that at work several times these past two weeks. To conclude, taking note of the good around me regularly is a great practice for mindfulness and definitely helps cultivate happiness. It is free of charge but has good return so I highly recommend you to try it out yourself.

2. Imitate a Spiritual Master

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Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

In my last post, I introduced Sheryl Sandberg’s work on women initiatives at the workplace and shared how she has motivated me to start a similar campaign in my company. This week, I’m glad to report that a good amount of work has been done to take it to the next level. One of our plans is to run a mentoring circle that focuses on succession planning and career development for women, aiming to strengthen the connection and provide support to them, especially working mothers. Since this initiative will cover the whole Hong Kong office across different practices, the proposal is now pending approval and it will take time to gauge sufficient levels of interest within the company. I expect to be announcing some good news next time.

Within my practice, I am recently invited to write about my personal experience around women initiatives for the end-of-year issue of the inclusion and diversity newsletter. There, I shared a story about the importance of providing skills-building opportunity to young ladies to empower them and unlock their potential on a transformational scale through developing digital literacy skills. I’m glad to have the chance to stand up for the causes that I believe in and make an impact. Let’s be the change we all want to see.

From Last Month

Being one of the most exciting professional sports competitions on earth, the new Premier League season has just begun earlier this month and brought new hopes to many football (soccer if you’re from the States) fans out there. Without any surprises, Keith and I are among them so I have indulged in a little splurge and got him some gifts for the new season.  Although the team logo on the gear differs from what I would normally get (for myself), it was money well spent as I believe they are needful things for his weekly routine, and most importantly he liked them. And since August is a special month with several birthday celebrations, these commitments were practiced with ease and happiness 🙂

Summing Up

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While August is almost coming to end, summer is also winding down. We hope you enjoyed summer season with your friends and family whilst having a bit of thought on the meaning of life. Do let us know if you have any input on this topic. No one knows everything and we would love to figure out the answer together with you. Entering Fall, we will study why pursuing passions is critical to cultivate happiness and share our key takeaways on it. Come back next week to see where Keith’s talent and heart reside! Goodbye for now.

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