Author/作者: 杜小雯 (Xiao)
English Editor/英文母语编辑: Isabell (伊莎)
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中文原声 – Chinese – 杜小雯 (Xiao)
英文原声 – English – Isabell (伊莎)
最近看了一部电影《叶问 4》, 在影片接近尾声的时候，叶问有感：“外国的月亮没有更圆”。
As the film drew to an end, IP Man felt deeply “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”.
I honestly feel the same way! Being an expat in a foreign country has always been more challenging. The so-called integration is just a better understanding of how to live a life contently, living within the gaps of cultural differences. I have seen many people and many things over the years living in foreign countries. All the displeasures I felt towards my homeland in my younger years are now views that I can more easily accept in my heart of hearts. I gradually realised that all the difficulties in life are inevitable after gaining in-depth perception, the people who can really make life colourful are those who know how to enjoy life with a good sense of humour. As the common saying: “Life is like a game, if you take it too seriously, you will lose”! The essence of life is to have a balanced mindset. Only when you understand that life is inherently difficult can you embrace it better, and eventually can travel the road with more ease. The best state to be in is to be able to sleep like a baby each night, do the things you enjoy, and then earn a living along the way. The two founders at Helios Wine Media are two expats living in Italy. We have seen our unique value recognised in a seemingly saturated market, in a country famous for “hard to find jobs”, but it seems that the tougher the challenges, the more our skillsets & talents improve, it is all about rising to the challenge and surpassing expectations.
IP Man, who suffered from cancer and wanted to enrol his son in an American school before his death, came to the United States at the invitation of his apprentice Bruce Lee. In the film, the other martial arts practitioners in Chinatown are very dissatisfied with Bruce Lee teaching the foreigner martial arts. This is because the Chinese, who are struggling to make a living in the United States, had been ostracised and slandered by the locals. From time to time, there will be endless troubles. “You don’t live here, you don’t know the difficulty of our survival here”. This film serves to express the aspirations and difficulties that all expats experience. If we want to have the same rights and get the same opportunities in other people’s territory, extra effort must be made. No matter where you are, life is never simply “peaceful”. “In your so-called easier years, someone else is shouldering your weight”. In our opinion, writing is the best cure to the difficulties we encounter and the source of our happiness, especially on the topics that we are interested in. Helios Wine Media is a keen executor of wine & inspiration content creation. We are striving to write the most beautiful words, the ones that have the ability to touch the softest heart strings.
During my journey in academia, I had many teachers and some of them left a deep impression on me. I can’t remember which teacher it was, however, I remembered that he said that the most important thing in one’s life is to keep one’s independent judgment on things. Have independent thinking means that you cannot follow the advice of others blindly. Recently, information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has poured in from the media, making the already noisy Internet and other information platforms especially restless. How can one go about screening the information reasonably and actively use one’s own ability to discriminate in order to purely pull out the useful information, while at the same time, not spread rumours? A good start is to not panic, do not believe rumours, and do not create panic. Because the good and bad days will pass, and what you sow during this time will determine how you are seen in the future.
Persistence is a particularly good quality. Whether you feel like doing something or not, you should just do it. Think of it this way: if we only did what we wanted to do, then what would we have achieved by the end of the day; likely very little. Exercise is a good example here and the real test is showing up to the gym first, persistence is employing maximum willpower to kick off, but, when you start doing the exercise, you will naturally be happier, more inclined to continue, then, completing the training becomes natural.
Think of yourself as the most worthy person. Instead of telling other people’s stories, take the time to build your own personal brand; how to package your resume and plan your time. Don’t waste your time, have clear goals and strong execution skills. Think of things, and start doing them! Because as long as you spend enough time upgrading a specific and practical skillset, you will achieve your goals. Whether it is learning to drive, passing a written Italian test, even with limited knowledge of Italian, or conquering your fear of death, -one by one- it is all possible. If you take the driving test as an example, eventually, with enough practice, having built your personal brand i.e. built up the confidence necessary and set the goals, practiced enough; passing the exam successfully the first time is completely possible. In relation to the former point, teenagers who have just bought their first new car spend a lot of time studying, cleaning and caring for their new car; similarly, the elderly spend a lot of time trimming their rose gardens. Sufficient time investment and love will solve any problem and allow you to master any skill. Likewise, learning a new language requires enthusiasm, interest and devotion, regardless of the time and energy needed to complete the task. Slowly but surely, along the way, improvement through effort will propel you forward, giving you the impetus to continue. Writing is another example where time will improve my skillset, it is part of my personal brand, I like my writing more than I did in the beginning; it is a skill that grows on me each day.
Establishing relationships with others is just as important as building your personal brand, setting clear goals and having strong execution skills. It takes time to establish relationships with others, maintain family ties, build love and friendships. Time spent doing things with sincerity like, getting along with others, will improve this special kind of skill-set, your so-called “people skills”; it will bring about self-worth, satisfaction, all the while, creating lasting memories in your life.
Don’t burn yourself out for short term goals. Life is a long run, we don’t need short victories, we need long-term sustainable development. More importantly, in this way, we can enjoy the present and move forward happily, with company, true feelings and no regrets. That person you always wanted to contact yet somehow postponed, that letter you wanted to write today, just do it, make the effort, this is so much easier when you are not burned out. Setting a good stride and following your long term aspirations means you have the time to make more phone calls to your families, to talk about the small things in daily life, this is important and it will also make your family and friends happy all day; “Time is like the water in sponge, there’s always time for a squeeze”. Time is fleeting, we should cherish every moment along the way. When the days become more difficult, we instead, need take better care of ourselves to make it to the finish-line.
学会面对问题、分析问题和解决问题。意识到生命是一系列解决问题的过程。最近在读一本心理学的书：《少有人走的路》的英文原版《The Road less Traveled》。因为面对问题是困难的、所以很多人选择逃避。而短暂的回避并不会使问题自行解决、搁置的时间成本加上对未来的影响都需要偿还和处理，正所谓：“出来混、总是要还的”。良好的自我约束是实现所有事情的根基。很多脑子里一闪而过的想法，没有及时采纳和执行、而消失于世。当看到他人将自己的革命性创新点做成了享誉国际的大品牌、只能叹息：“话说老子也曾有过这个想法”。生命有限，想做的事情有上百万、而真正能从头到尾认真执行的，哪怕只有一件。也好歹感叹人生值得！在羲和葡萄酒传媒，我们每天都在出产葡萄酒相关内容，我们为自己的坚持而自豪。也不禁感叹、当一项任务融入血液、你就会去执行它。愿每一天、每一周的持之以恒将羲和品牌这粒种子呵护浇灌、发芽成长、终有一天、会被看见、会更有影响力！
Learn to face, analyse and solve problems. Realise that life is a series of problem-solving prLearn to face, analyse and solve problems. Realise that life is a series of problem-solving processes. I recently read “The Road less Traveled,” a book that really delves into the psychology of love, traditional values and spiritual growth. Since facing problems is difficult, many people choose to escape, however, short-term avoidance will not solve the problem by itself. The time cost of shelving an issue and the impact on your future will all need to be repaid and dealt with. The phrase “Sooner or later, your debts will always need to be repaid” is a great analogy here. Good self-discipline is the foundation of everything. The many ideas that flashed through our minds that were not adopted and carried out in time, they disappeared into the world, never to be seen again. When seeing others turn their revolutionary innovations into internationally renowned brands, then one can only sigh and say that “I once had that idea”. Time is limited and there are a million things you will want to do; you can indeed carry them out from beginning to end with good self-discipline; when you carry out at least one thing from the beginning to the end; in life , it’s worth it!
At Helios Wine Media, we produce wine related content every day, and we are proud of our persistence. Our lives revolve around our daily and weekly content creation, it has simply become a part of our daily lives. May this seed, our brand, the Helios brand, be nurtured, watered, germinate and grow -through perseverance every day and week-one day becoming influential in the market that we know and love!
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