I am quite an emo wreck right now. All because of one song.
Adele’s highly anticipated album 25 will be released within the next couple of days and she have just shared her 2nd single off that album on YouTube. I cannot get enough of it because it is an amazing song. The tune is catchy and the feeling, intense!
This is the type of song you would listen to while having a lonely walk in either Central Park, NY or High Park, Toronto on an Autumn’s day thinking about someone. When you lock in that feeling, the result, DISASTROUS!
Adele does that to me!
Absolutely love her work and I cannot wait to get my hands on her latest album – 25!
Thank you Adele for making and filling our lives with good music – LOVE YOU!
Having had the opportunity to travel and see the world a little allowed me to observe and come to conclusion the key factor that makes a country progressive. I arrived at the conclusion that Education is the main factor which is what everything else is built upon.
Self control is an integral part of society. What makes a family? People. What makes a company? People. What makes a country? Again, people!
During my travels, I had seen a fair share of clean and dirty streets, courteous and ignorant commuters, and the list goes on. To make sense of my observations, I normally look at how the people carry themselves in general. In some countries, it is a natural reaction to give up one’s seat for the elderly while in others, most are oblivious to their surroundings let alone offer kindness.
I do not know about you but I believe that our conscience are shaped and nurtured through our upbringing. If we grew up learning good values and have seen such values being put into practice, most likely such actions will rub onto us and in turn, we will practice them ourselves.
So where are we exposed to such values? At school and at home are my guesses. We sometimes refer to them as formal and informal education.
When I visit the 1st world countries, I observe that majority of the people are very polite and courteous. For example, whenever I walked into a retail outlet, I am approached with a smile and “How may I help you?” And if the outlet does not have what I am looking for, the shop assistants will usually offer to suggest alternatives.
In contrast, back home, I am always greeted with a “Yes?” and a puzzled face with a mouth that goes, “I don’t know” when I walk into a retail store looking for an item of desire.
I can only conclude that a generally polite and clean country is the reflection of its citizens that have great appreciation for courteousy and are civic minded enough to discard waste at the appropriate places that have been provided.
Likewise, a retail shop assistant with a clear focus to help his or her company to make a profit will always try to make a sale or at least find a way to make a sale in the most pleasant and polite manner. It is always how one makes the customer feel that makes or breaks the deal. If I am treated with respect and appreciation, most likely I will feel obligated to return that same treatment one deserves.
It all boils down to each individual to practice self-control and self-regulation. Collectively it contributes and resonates across the entire society and country. I believe that is what makes a first world country, a first world country – a place that generally have a good conscience.
And how do we achieve that? We raise our children well and show them good examples to begin with.
We truly live in trying times especially this past weekend when the world read in horror the acts of terror across the globe.
If only we all have self control and able to act in good/clear conscience, we will have a better world for ourselves and our future generation.
In my most humble opinion, traveling is one of the most important things in life one must experience for him or herself.
You will learn a lot of valuable life lessons while traveling more than you will ever experience by just reading.
While I travel, I am always on high alert and more observant of my environment. In being in such a state of mind, I am able to pick up more queues from my surroundings compared to when I am in a familiar place where my guard is usually down.
Through my travels, I was able to admire many different beautiful sceneries. Sometimes, because of the luxury of time, I am able to stop and take the time to admire even the simplest of object like an oak tree.
There were also light-hearted moments when I notice silly and funny things like a condom lodged in the plane lavatory paper towel dispenser. Such scenario will never fail to make you wonder and cause your mind to wander.
Traveling have also allowed me to relive my favorite moments twice and recently allowed me to see my favorite places twice in different seasons. Living near the equator have never afforded me the opportunity to experience the different seasons but traveling allows me to do just that. This year alone I am glad to have seen the Gooderham Building in Toronto twice – once during Winter and recently during Fall or Autumn.
My recent trip was nothing short of an adventure. One of my plane rides from San Francisco to Houston went through the supposedly category 5 Hurricane Patricia that eventually weakened and downgraded to a minor storm. Though a minor storm, the 30 minutes terror ride through the turbulence only made me believe in God even more. During this time, it was really between the pilot, the plane, and God to decide whether we live or crash. I imagined I was in a roller coaster without rails and that made it worse.
I was also one of the passengers stranded at Fort Lauderdale when it was shut down due to a plane that caught fire during taxi and getting ready to take off. Such situation taught me to be calm and be a quick thinker in solving the problem at hand. Glad I made it through and arrived at my eventual destination safely even though I had to re-schedule my plans with much disappointment and dismay.
Another great thing about travel is the people that you get to meet. During time of distress is when you meet the nicest people in the world. You have so much hope for humanity knowing that people are naturally helpful and kind.
And sometimes it caught you by surprise to realize the person sitting next to you was a celebrity only after disembarking the plane. The last person seated next to me is a famous Crochet pattern extraordinaire and author. I was disappointed that I did not at least taken a selfie with him.