To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday classes just cancelled on the spot

I inquired yesterday if classes pushed through today and the staff said yes. This prompted me to ask as one of my colleagues shared that he was not coming today as his students cancelled the classes. I asked the staff how my students were and could they come and again, I got a yes. 

I had the same situation getting to work today but flood is rising compared yesterday. As my Sunday morning "ritual", I had breakfast  at Tesco and went to the language center. After a few minutes, a Chinese teacher colleague told me that classes be cancelled today. At first, I thought all but later clarified that it's after 12.

My class went one with two students in attendance. My other student in fact shared that his home has been flooded as well and that his family was with him at Tesco that time. It was also very quiet at Tesco that day, not the usual crowded with shoppers though apparently Tesco has plenty of stocks displayed. Work cannot confirm if there'll be work next weekend, everything will be based on how the water will go. If it rises, for sure classes be cancelled, if not then we can go on. I believe the same situation happens to some establishments and schools.  No work is no income for many or less salary for some due to temporary closures of businesses.

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