NOW I KNOW
011 28 December 2016
We are all here to live every situation you can imagine, good or bad; right or wrong; positive or negative. Why? So we can learn from the experience as part of the adventure of life. Murray Kibblewhite
STORY – YEAR 22–Hardworking Chinese Girl
At a Business School where he was a part-time Tutor, Michael met Jia, one of his female students sweeping the corridor floor. Upon inquiring, she said her parents had reduced her allowance so she had to work part-time to earn enough to live. He was impressed with her commitment.
Some years later, Michael employed her in his floriculture company and they traveled together to China on business where Jia would be his translator. Eventually, they ended up in a small village in the foothills of the Himalayas, several hours drive from Chengdu in Sichuan Province. Fortunately planting the flower bulbs only took two days and they had left China three weeks before the area was devastated by a magnitude 8.8 earthquake with its epicenter at the village.
Two years later Jia gained PR (Personal Residency) to live in New Zealand and then immediately married her boyfriend so his visa problems were removed as he automatically got his PR as well. The next move, with the financial help of their parents, was that they were able to buy a house to live in. The house, in the suburbs, had three bedrooms, which was large enough for themselves, their children and for their parents to stay in when they visited from China.
Now she is happily married and she and her husband have sold their first home and bought a larger property, as she expecting her first child.
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Learnings– Jia learned several lessons from her experiences.
First, every experience reflected her intentions from a study, needing a part time job, being offered full time work, gaining residency, getting married and eventually getting a home.
Secondly, she found joy and peace from breaking free from cultural restrictions by travelling to New Zealand on her own for education, working in several jobs, marriage, a home and eventually parenthood.
Michael learnt that his first impression of Jia as a hard working Chinese girl was a strong indication of a person who would be successful.
All life’s experiences are opportunities to learn. The challenge is to decide, what are the real lessons to be learnt?
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