working for a global corporation is oh-so-lovely. people from all over the world come to work on a visa, hoping their 3 year assignment turns permanent. “Welcome,” i sing. &I always ask if it's their first time. "have you been to new york city?"
i work with 2 albanians too, &i probe until they purge, all about history. when Hoxha brought communism to the country, the gov ceased A’s family’s property. that’s when her uncle, already in America brought the rest of the family here. A was 21 when she got here &i love to hear the story of how she was “walking in the streets" &saw a dollar bill on the ground. she thought, “there really is money falling from the trees here.”
jon gabriel blogged a post on “the most pleasant surprise immigrants found in america.” in the midst of stoicism, 'tis a nice humbling &inspiring read; a synopsis of a Reddit questionnaire.
“road directions to go from a city to another 2,000 miles away is extremely simple (I-90)
“not having to haggle prices” (rule of law)
“not having to know who to talk to to get any little bit of paperwork filed in time” (dmv appreciation?)
“seemingly endless rows of food &all the apples” (ubiquitous wealth)
“real fresh air”
“it amazes me that this country is so rich, that there’s enough for everybody, even for a normal guy like me. i feel as if i’m the luckiest guy in the world since i always dreamed about living in the us. you guys have no idea how lucky you are to be born in the us.”
“as much hot water as i want”
“choosing your own shower temperature”
“everyone is so polite &good manners are everywhere”
“the boundless energy that freedom gives you. you all try to do so much, it’s astounding”
“i appreciate reliable: electric heat, &indoor plumbing. everything else is just candy sprinkles on the sundae”
“ability to flip on a switch &have light come on, everyday, all day.. uninterrupted electricity”
“you have stores for your dogs”
“the best thing my parents ever did for me was emigrate to the us.. not everyone has the guts to leave everything behind."
“if you have a u.s passport, you can go anywhere” (A).
you don’t know what you got till it’s gone. APPRECIATE: recognize full worth of.
i am no bird; &no net ensnares me. -charlotte bronte
"never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never -in nothing, great or small, large or petty -never give in except to convictions of honor &good sense." -w. churchill. 10/28/41
the man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. m.t
i am not afraid of storms, for i am learning how to sail my ship. -louisa may alcott
nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. persistence &determination alone are omnipotent.
i am not an extraordinary man, &i am quite ordinary. but God chose me for something quite extraordinary. -a. valladares receives '16 canterbury medal.
not failure, but low aim, is crime -james russell lowell
a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus -mlk jr.
i don't lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. i cannot even spell the word. -"mad dog mattis"
soft minded men always fear change -mlk jr.
it is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust &sweat &blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again &again because there is no effort without error &shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best knows in the end the trump of high achievement, &who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold &timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -theodore roosevelt
we are what we repeatedly do. excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -aristotle
no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -eleanor roosevelt
i have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears &sweat. -winston churchill, 1940
i keep my ideals, because in spite of everything i still believe that people are really good at heart. -anne frank
the most courageous act is still to think for yourself. aloud. -coco chanel
art is the signature of man.
a dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.-gk c.