I believe that if we always try our best to keep an open mind and an open heart amazing things will happen. The world is truly a magical place filled with opportunities for each and every one of us - anything can happen if we (i) are ready to let it happen (ii) are willing to make it happen.
A good example to show what I literally mean with this is one habit I have been practicing for years: The belief that I from every person who´s path I cross (and vice versa) can learn something. With this mindset I now find myself blessed with the fact that boring, annoying and even bad people I meet "give" me something which I personally can gain something positive from. It can be something concrete like a useful contact or it can be something more abstract like a reminder of how not to behave. All situations can be turned into positive with this mindset and you are the one who get enriched from good as well as bad ones.
(Furthermore it is a really good way to practice kindness. Even "bad" people has a history, a situation and maybe an explanation. Without knowing of these we can not really judge one another. Instead we can practice kindness and we can forgive. This is something I feel very strongly about, yet not the topic of this post).
At a great Internations networking event at the Ritz-Carlton bar in Shanghai I met a Chinese woman who was neither boring, annoying or seemed like a bad person. She was just very smiling. I was with some friends and we didn't reeeeeally network that much besides from with each other. But there was something about this woman and the way she smiled to me - still in a very professional way. We ended up chatting and one of the first things Vivian said was: with your positive vibes and energy I believe you must be a happy person and I am guessing you work in the hospitality industry? If she had also guessed that I currently study mandarin she would have hit the spot.
The next thing she told me was about her company and their current project. They are building a big lifestyle center in Shanghai including yoga, mediation & healthy lifestyle. Needless to say I was so excited to hear more about this project for personal reasons. For professional reasons I am soon meeting for the second time with Vivian's boss and colleagues in regards to future work and career opportunities. It is truly incredible how the Law of Attraction just seems to have so much truth in it - if you just believe it and practice it.
Besides working for this company Vivian has started a social project - a nonprofit organization in Hangzhou where she lives part-time with her family: IWE-MiniTED inspired by the "real" TED talks. IWE is short for Ideas Worth Exchanging and the concept is a meeting every Friday night with a weekly topic where speakers share their view, knowledge and ideas to those interested. Vivian founded IWE MiniTED last year and it is already very popular as she reaches audiences through Wechat which is a very popular communication app here in China.
To make a long story short (or at least try to) the following weekend I found myself taking a trip to Hangzhou. Invited by Vivian to speak about Happiness from the perspective of a Happy Dane in Shanghai at the weekly MiniTED event. Besides me Frank Feng the Director of Hangzhou buddhist studies was also invited to come and speak about happiness from a buddhist perspective. Such an exciting opportunity - to share my ideas as well as hear more about buddhism which I am very fascinated by.
My next post will definitely be on happiness or 幸福 (xing fu) as the Chinese draw and term it.