Okay, I have been bad and have posted this a day late! My excuse is I have spent the entire day in one library or another getting work done so once evening came, I was shattered.
So, imagine it is the Saturday 20th February, and it’s day thirteen wooo!
With two days to go until the Lantern Festival, China begins preparing for the celebrations. Firstly it is pretty common for everyone to eat vegetarian dishes to continue detoxing their bodies. In the southern part of China, this day is the day to appreciate lanterns. On this day, Chinese people in an endless stream will go to Town God’s Temple ‘城隍庙’ chénghuáng miào) to appreciate lanterns.
Remember what counts in life
This is advice that makes us step back and think. Something I would say our parents liked to remind us regularly as we grew up and something that society tries to teach us through education and morals. Without making it sound like we are not good human beings, it is important to remember how lucky we are to have what we do compared to many. It is good to strive to better, to want to improve and succeed in life, however, it is also necessary that we keep a realistic perspective on life. Ciara explains that it does us no good to look at others and always wish for what they have because it makes us forget what we individually already do. In essence, she is slightly rejecting the phrase: “the grass is greener on the other side”. In many ways I agree with her, I am freaking lucky and blessed with what I have, from having a roof over my head to being able to travel and see the world. It is easy to think “oh that person has it so easy because they have their next step figured out, like a job in China for example”, and I’m still debating whether I put the Masters first or a year in the Asian world. However, by remembering what counts I know that I just need to take things day by day and love what is right in front of me than think anything negative.
Ciara also explained that she learnt to value the people who matter and not waste so much effort on those who don’t. This applies to the moments where you need the people who will always be there, and in return you do the same. We spend our time with anyone, have fun, share experiences (good and bad) but remember to appreciate those who count in the whole mess that life is. In short, I think that “remember what counts” is about grounding ourselves and loving life just as it is.
I hope I’ve done this justice….
Lots of love,