Nothing Gold Can Stay


Last Friday night, my boss and I had dinner at one of the local popular Japanese restaurant. The view overthere was stunning. It was amazing that having delicious Japan cusine and breathtaking skyline at the same time.

“Let’s go to Japan once the pandemic ends” he suggested.

“Ya, but I can’t see the end this year.”

“That’s why I booked this Japanese restaurant. I missed Japan so much” he said.

“2019. it was an extraordinary year.”

“Sure.” I agreed.

“Life is short. So do the things which make you happy. And be with people who make you happy. Look for the food in every day even…even if some days you have to look harder.” He looked at my eyes.

“Yup, sometimes I remember the days in 2019.”

“Nothing gold can stay.” He said and drink his sake.

Yes, nothing gold can stay. Everything changed in 2019 and things cannot go back to the way they like in 2019. 

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subside to lead. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day, Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost

The balance of power


“The balance of power around the world is changing.” He says.

“Em…”I murmur.

“Ancient people would reason the serious natural disasters that there must be changes of sovereignty or political power.” He continues.

“Really?”

“Like in the bible, the birth of Jesus.”

“There was a very bright star, not a disaster.”

“Like the death of Jesus.” He changes.

“Yup, and whatelase?” I ask.

He is silent.

“Are you talking about the great Earthquake in China and the birth of new China.” I ask and give him some examples.

“Do you also mean the Hurricane Katrina and the presidency of George Bush?” I wonder.

“Also the famine in Japan during world war II?”

“Do you believe that history will repeat itself? It will repeats in such cunning disguise that we never detect the resemblance until the damage is done.” He worrys.

And I am silent.

USD 3.5 trillion budget plan for Americans

Senate Democats just passed a USD 3.5 trillion plan early Wednesday. The bill will spend on the establishment of a Civilian Climate Corps, adds new dental, cision and hearing benefits to medicare coverage and investment in affordable housing.

Even though the GOP (Republican National Committee) voted against, the bill has passed without a Republican vote. Biden Adminstration previously said the US government will have tax increases on corporations and wealthy individuals to pay for the USD 3.5 trilliion plan.

There are many conerens about the 3.5 trillion plan will cause inflation. President Joe Biden hit back against information concern on Wednesday and would like to downplayed concerns about price hikes. and cited that his plans for the American economy are working. The President Joe Biden said that the consumner price inflation slowed in July. But his adminstration will also outline a number of resolutions  to lower the consumer costs.

However, there is one more concern about his 3.5 trillion plan. There is no one can gurantee the US government will have substantial tax incomes from coporations and wealthy people to cover this plan. Tax incomes may get affected by the pandemic.

Business competitions is on

Running a business is a chanllenge particularly during pandemic. Business environment changes, Business model changes, and customers practices chagnes. And companies have to be more innovative and creative to survive than before. 

“Your competitors are doing great discount on products prices. Do we need to follow them?” I ask my boss and show him the advestiment on the social media.

“The company’s best advantage should be a qulity product offered at the right price.” He answers with a smile.

“But they are drawing attention now.” I said. I do not have any ideas about price competition and how the business works. Maybe it is the reason why I am an employee not an entrepreneur. 

“If we let low-price competition continue to disturb the market order without containment, it will have an adverse effect on, and cause disorder to, the profession in the long run.” He explains.

“So, should we just…ignore them?” I confuse.

“If you have a successful company, you will get your market share. We don’t have a monopoly. We have market share.” He seems like care nothing about it and then sips his morning coffee as usual. 

I look at him and wonder. Will I be a successful entrepreneur one day?

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds

After three consecutive rainy days, I look out the window to see trees which look greener. There are always some birds sitting in these trees and I believe they live there.

I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.

I still remember how my boss asked me to stay here two years ago.

“Birds go wherever the food is and stay where the food is.” He spoke to me anxiously. I understood that he was worried about my decision.

“We are birds in flight, searching the skies for dreams.” I told him.

“Not every tree is a home for every bird.” He said.

“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.” I told him.

“At some point we all play by the rules, whether it’s the rules of all mankind, the rules of the Father who is time, or the rules of nature who is mother.” He signed and I could feel his sadness. He didn’t want me to leave.

“Anyway, keep in touch, my dear.” He looked at me and looked in my eyes.

“Will do.”

“Protectionism. One day you will understand the rules. This is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and this is not learning from experience.” He said sincerely.

I nodded.

I was not so sure. And I am not so sure.

Covid-19 will reshape our world

“Covid-19 will reshape our world. We don’t yet know when the crisis will end. But we can be sure that by the time it does, our world will look very different.” one said.

My job duties are totally different when I am back to office. It makes me realize how the current pandemic changes our world in all perspectives.

“Pandemic is a war. It makes people losing their jobs, losing their homes, losing their lives, and losing their minds.” My boss says when he sips his cup of coffee.

“Yup, but it just affects the grass-roots the most. The riches are still rich.” I joke and wipe my working desk up at the meantime.

“Life is really not fair. Deal with it.” he is holding his coffee cup and walking next to me.

“Wealth inequality and social mobility are global issues. I cannot deal with them personally.” I look at him and answer.

“School doesn’t teach you how to be a wolf. It will teach you how to be a sheep. School won’t teach you how to be a leader. It will teach you how to obey to leaders.” He says.

“Don’t give up easily. I believe interruptions generate opportunities.” He gives me a smile.

“Alright.” I smile and then I said, “but please don’t forget keeping social distancing in working environment.”

He giggles and walks away.

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Back to Work

“Things are not always right because they are hard, but if they are right, one must not mind if they are also hard.” Winston Churchill.

Two years after my long vacation or adventure, I discover the whole world is changing in ways that I cannot imagine. I cannot imagine the whole world will be interrupted. No Flight, no dine out, no school and no physical face-to-face interaction. Internet and social media are taking up most of our time and we cannot live without them.

The definition of society is re-defined.

Suddenly, I remember my old boss who taught me a lot about how the world works. Certainly, I missed him sometime. But I just do not know what my first sentence would be when I call him.

Nevertheless, I just call him this time.

“Hi, it’s…”

“Yes, I know. I was waiting for your call for so long.”

“Yup, I am so sorry that I left without saying anything about it. I was…” It was a very long story and I hope I can talk about this later.

“Would you like to come back and work with me again?” he asks

“It’s…it’s…it’s such a pleasure!” I am shocking. I am blank. But I am also very excited.

I cannot believe that he will invite me to work with him again after I left so suddenly.

“Things are not always right because they are hard.”

It is Mr. Churchill’s quote and I know what he would like to imply.

“I am still there and see you tomorrow at 9.” he says.

#backtowork #churchill #pandemic