With the situation the world has witnessed the past eighteen months, most people have had questions about so many things they have not had thoughts of before. More significant, it has given most people room to individually reflect on their life, its purpose and asking themselves what really is life itself.
Living life through the Covid-19 pandemic has taught many to redefine what would be the most important things in life, and who really matters in ones life. There is excitement in all that the family life that has always been on the verge of collapse in our twenty first century has been re-established as safety restrictions confined us to be crosser to the people who matter in our life, family. It has led to partners rediscovering each other in some cases re-proposing to each other.
Those people who thought life is all work have had a re-awakening during the lockdowns necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The realisation that although you may miss your work place when you are absent from it for sometime, the work place does not miss you as you can be replaced at a whim, means we have now most people understand the phrase, ‘work and life balance.’ Who said there is special individuals who are irreplaceable? Who said knowledge, intelligence, talent is only confined to a selected few? These two questions have been amongst some of those asked on deep reflection as people try to find meaning to life with most concluding that all things created can only point to one invisible unseen powers, that is God the creator.
This week’s quote is a final extraction from this particular book for now. The book celebrates and acknowledges the differences in people and suggests that an awareness of such diversity is in fact a harmonious thing for human relationships. I am sure the selected quotations below from the book will continue to enlighten you to one or two life lessons, read and enjoy:
RIDING THE WAVES OF CULTURE – UNDERSTANDING CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN BUSINESS by Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner
“Each of us must decide what we owe ourselves and what we owe the groups which raised us, educated us, employ us. Do we start with what ‘I want’ or do we consider our obligations?”
“Generally speaking, what is strong in an other culture will also be present in some form in our own culture. We speak of ‘guilt cultures’ and ‘shame cultures’, for example : those which try to make us feel guilty for breaking rules, and those which demand public apologies and subject the miscreant to the hostile stares of their group, e.g. ‘loss of face’. This is a significant difference between West and East: bu who has never wished the ground would open up because of an excruciatingly embarrassing lapse?”
“The idea that at any given moment the present is the only real thing, with the past and future ceasing to be or yet to come, must be qualified by the fact that we think about past and future in the present. However imperfect our ideas about past or future, they influence our thinking powerfully. “
“Respect is most effectively developed once we realise that most cultural differences are in ourselves, even if we have not yet recognised them. For example, we often think that the Japanese are mysterious, even unreliable. You never know what they are feeling or thinking and they always say ‘yes’, even when they are negative about something.”