Struggling to find Time

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Saturday, 22 August 2009 2 comments

This past week has been a tough week for me personally, I have had arguements and spent more time than anticipated doing everything other than learning Mandarin. I didn't even participate in #MandarinMonday on twitter, half as much as I had intended.

I am hoping that tomorrow I will write some more content after having spent more time getting back into the learning process. The time is an issue, because I live in a shared house, and when learning have to concentrate and lock myself away for an hour at a time.

Finding time for Mandarin is something that is becoming an issue with the amount of projects and other things that I am commited to. The arguements have stemmed from this point usually with me spending time craving Mandarin fixes, or actually writing a post for the blog or researching a recipe, when I should actually be doing work. The time that goes into this blog, news research and writing is growing as the topics I learn about and want to write about grow. And time so it seems is an ever decreasing commodity.

Anyone got any tips how to squeeze an extra half hour out of every day?

Tomorrow then, I will try and write some more posts and learn something new to share.

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Daily Chinese Proverb: Reciprocity

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Perhaps Confucius' most famous teaching was the Golden Rule stated in the negative form, often called the silver rule:

子貢問曰、有一言、而可以終身行之者乎。子曰、其恕乎、己所 不欲、勿施於人。
zǐ gòng wèn yuē, yǒu yī yán, ér kěyǐ zhōngshēn xíng zhī zhě hū. zǐyuē,
qí shù hū, jǐ suǒ bù yù, wù shī wū​ rén.

Adept Kung asked: "Is there any one word that could guide a person throughout life?"

The Master replied: "How about 'shu' [reciprocity]: never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself?"

I found a great collection of World religions that share this belief.

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