That was the advice given to me by the new boss when we had our 1-on-1 discussions re. expectations etc. She said, “静能生定,定能生慧”.
Epiphanies and solutions will come when your head and your attitude is calm.
**There must be a better english translation that what I have written.
In law, there is the “Doctrine of Proportionality” – where any measure that is adopted should not have any greater effect than what is necessary to achieve its intended objective.
Not so in real life.
Our coexistence with the birds* has reached a “containment” (to use a Cold War term) phase. We are arming ourselves with the “Super Soaker Tornado Strike” (under the Lethal Weapons Section in Toys R Us) to scare them off.
Note*: The original 2 baby pigeons have grown up and flew off, but the pigeons are refusing to leave. They are coming back with more twigs to build a bigger, better nest. Just this week, we had to clear off a dead decomposing baby bird in its nest.
I left my old job on Thursday and started at my new job on Friday.
I ended Thursday with a client meeting that lasted till 4pm; no lunch; hurriedly returning the laptop; rushing to human resources to get my last pay cheque and a farewell dinner with the ex-colleagues.
I started Friday with 2 meetings with new colleagues; attempting to get the new computer working on my own (including setting up the email account and downloading all relevant applications – nope the computer do not come preloaded); trekking through an open field to get to lunch under the hot sun and just figuring my way around the building.
No decompression zone.
It’s somewhat similar to jumping straight into a cold icy pool without any warning, or when you drink a slurpee at too fast a pace.
I’m still having a brain freeze, but I tell myself “Keep Calm and Dive On.”
Been catching up on my reading for the past week:
- 4 weeks worth of Newsweek and Businessweek;
- June issue of Havard Business Review;
- S. Jayakumar’s “Diplomacy” (a farewell gift from my colleagues);
- Gerald Giam’s “Singapore Version 2.0” (I was rather surprised that the Museum Shop carried this title so I bought a copy)
- The 1st of Inspector Singh’s Series titled “A most peculiar Malaysian murder” (I chanced upon this series in the Singapore Collection in the National Library. Sure, it’s not as sophisticated as the “western thrillers”, but it’s written with a distinct Singapore flair. Will probably pick up the other books in the series.)
Also picked up another 8 books from the library, including the ever-favorites thrillers from John Grisham and Tess Gerritsen and my favorite Aussie chick-lit writer Maggie Alderson.
That should keep me away from the DVD shop for a while. Too much TV kills the brain cells…
Ms. P: “The trick to get the upper hand is not to like (or appear to like) whatever you are buying too much.”
Ms. J: “And doesn’t that apply to most things in life?”