You know, we aren’t so different you and I. We both want to live up to our potential, spread and receive love and most importantly, make some sort of impact on the world.
It’s not always easy however, with a limited perspective. You tend to notice these things when you meet people from different countries.
One of my neighbors is an immigrant that is here from China. He recently moved here, but the insight he has made me a proud American. He too believes that our country is great and the reason why is pretty amazing.
I know you don’t have a ton of time, so I’ll try to make this sociology lesson quick. Chris, or least that’s what he goes by, was telling me how China has so much more of a competitive culture than America.
You see, China has over a BILLION people, but they have all their resources gathered in two big cities. Beijing and whatever the other big city in China is…Shanghai, that’s right.
Imagine that would be the equivalent of having everyone in America AND Canada AND Mexico essentially trying to live in New York or San Francisco and everyone in the middle was dirt poor.
I really never knew that about that country and it really gives you an idea of what’s going on out in the real world.
So I’ll leave you with this today. Whether you believe your way is the right way or not, you can never truly understand what it is to live as someone else unless you truly become someone else, which of course is impossible. That being the case, your best bet would be to just learn as much as you can from those around you. The potential benefit of learning from them –both in what to do and what NOT to do– may help you to gain a little more insight into your own life.
Jerry “international” Washington
P.S. I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and do something that you wouldn’t normally do. Whatever it is, it doesn’t have to be crazy just maybe something that makes you challenge the way the you normally do things.