Journey of a Thousand Miles

「 千里之行始於足下」 “Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

Possibly the most well known quote from Laozi, one of China’s most revered philosophers. No matter how far your destination, how tough the challenge, how difficult your goal, nothing is impossible.

Take the first step.

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New Beginning

「落紅本是無情物,化作春泥更護花」

“Fallen leaves may appear to be dead and soul-less But once decomposed into the Spring soil, they help flowers bloom”

This verse from a poem of the Qing dynasty describes an often overlooked truth: the end is a beginning of something beautiful. Don’t feel beat down or disillusioned when things aren’t working out for you – it’s probably an opportunity for a new beginning!

Dedication

「寶劍鋒從磨礪出,梅花香自苦寒來」“The sharp edge of a precious sword is a result of grinding work; The sweet fragrance of a plum blossom comes after a bitter winter”

There’s a traditional Chinese saying that goes

“The sharp edge of a precious sword is a result of grinding work;
The sweet fragrance of a plum blossom comes after a bitter winter”

As masters of our craft (whatever your craft may be), we are what we put in – commitment, dedication, endurance. Times can be tough but hardship pays off.

Success does not come easy. Then again if it did, where’s the fun?