I had a moment of Chinese inspiration as I have been reading about the various festivals that China celebrate as part of our Mandarin module this semester. I wrote: “Hi Everyone! Today I want to write in Chinese. I’m joking. I know that you all don’t understand it.”
On the western calendar it is valentines day and the western world has burst into all shades of the colour red and filled with roses. On the Chinese calendar it’s the day of the human “人日” (rénri). I’ve ended up adding my first year Chinese teacher on Facebook and am pleased to see that she too is sharing the meaning of each day of the New Year too! By having a cheeky look at my teachers profile, I can explain that many people each noodles on this day as noodles represent longevity… and don’t we all want a bit of the elixir of life! So if you’re stuck on what to have for dinner this each, tuck into some noodles with a good stir fry or a soup! In some regions of China it is common to eat Qi Bao Geng (a thick soup of seven kinds of vegetables, and the variety of the vegetables differs in different places). Raw fish is also eaten to pay homage to the Goddess Nuwa for the creation of man and animals as it is similar to the Chinese word for ‘abundance’.
As I am working today – I work at the University of Nottingham Sports Centres and today I am on reception at Sutton Bonington (you can see that I’m hard at work here…) so I have chosen for my next interviewee to be whoever I am on shift with. The lucky guy is Dan. I have to say that I have no idea what to expect from him as I’ve only met him a handful of times briefly.. So I’m rather excited to hear what he has to say!
Dan has worked at the University of Nottingham Sports Centres since he was 16 (so a good few years) as a Sports Massage Therapist. Although his life has been surrounded by sports and fitness, it is not something that someone can easily do, and like all of us it took time to build up a routine that completely worked for him. He loves his job and would definitely fulfill my Grandpa’s advice: ‘Do what you love’. With all this in mind, Dan’s advice that continually comes back to him is…
You don’t have to be rich to pay someone a compliment
Genius. This has made my day.
I don’t want to write anymore for this. We all know how it feels to receive a compliment and the amount of power we have over someone else’s day can be magical and transforming. I’m definitely going to add this to my list, I hope you all add it to yours. I don’t mean that you have to tell everyone you know how great their hair or clothes look, but just when you think they’re looking particularly lovely, or make you feel appreciated and valued… Let them know. I regularly chastise myself for not telling my friends enough. They mean the world to me. I sound cheesy because this positivity isn’t all that common… and now it’s time to make this world a better place.
Lots of love,