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Day 23

Emotions are real energy, and a person’s thinking controls his/her emotions. A person’s logic decodes emotions, and then translates it into actions. Decoding a message correctly requires the receiver to have the same kind of logic mechanism as the sender, or the message is misinterpreted easily. Therefore, a person’s logic is shown in the pattern of his/her behavior. I got this hint from the movie “The Imitation Game”.

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Day 22

I am in Hawaii now. It was so humid in the afternoon and my clothes were soaked with sweat. I took a shower after we finished cleanup and when we woke up from a nap, there was thunder and lightning outside. The car wouldn’t start, so we couldn’t go anywhere. We had snacks like rice crackers and castella cakes for dinner.

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Day 5

I feel morality is a human being’s goal in life. When one fulfils one’s duty to be a just human being, s/he lives a good life.

For example, cooking is my duty as a housewife. The problem is I am too lazy to cook, however the problem is solved once I have accepted my laziness, because I have accepted the reality of my role and “who I am”. The rest is doing what I need to do as a housewife, which is cooking.

Other than living a moral life, I think whatever holds a person together is what determines his/her existence. Without writing, I end up as entropy, the randomness of energy.

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Day 21

Yesterday, B called to tell me that she was in the hospital. This morning I heard from J that W is in the hospital. B and W were both born in the Year of Dragon. Does it mean that dragon people will have bad luck this year? Or has something gong wrong with them over a long period of time, and what’s happening to them now is the result of their ignorance? I hope they will get well soon.

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Day 20

An motivating incident is where the question is revealed, as a problem suddenly occurs in ordinary life that requires a person (protagonist) to react to the question by making a choice. Life is not always dramatic, but life is full of choices, and sometimes one doesn’t realize the small choices one has made eventually created a gigantic problem. A-frog-in-the-boiling-pot scenario is caused by people prioritizing comfort over dealing with reality. Some people see bad things coming in the world for sure, but unfortunately their negative voices are often ignored because we are not boiled yet.

#140

Day 19

Although the goal of getting to places is not as important as the process of getting there itself, one still needs a direction for the journey, otherwise one will remain stagnant.

My primary objective is to have independent thinking!

#137

Day 16

This moleskin dashboard diary is the best planner that I have ever used. I can write German irregular verbs in the address book in the back packet. I can write the main dishes for dinner on the top and expenses on the bottom of each day, and the to-do list under each day in the weekly view. I can take notes on what I want to improve on in the back of the diary. The planner helps me to organize my life, and the quality of my time is greatly improved. By using the planner, I can do what I love and what I need to do effectively.

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Day 14

Have I been doing things to prove that I can understand difficult concepts? It feels good to accomplish something difficult, but a person produces good energy when she actually enjoys doing what she is doing.

I was reading a book about prioritizing, so I made a list:

1. family
2. writing
3. reading
4. piano
5. exercise
6. German
7. work

Although I enjoy teaching Chinese and I like my students, I don’t seem to prepare for the lessons do when I have free time. I hope I can be a more competent language teacher, perhaps by moving “work” to higher in the list.