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Yijia Chen

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Is today the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow?How do you see the amazing every day?

I recently read a book called BY THE RIVER PIEDRA I SAT DOWN AND WEPT by Paulo Coeclo.And one paragraph of it made me think.

"Every day,God gives us the sun-and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy.Every day,we try to pretend that we haven't perceived that moment,that it doesn't exist-that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow.But if people really pay attention to their everyday life,they will discover that magic moment.It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane,like putting our front door key in the lock;it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us.But that moment exists-a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.

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    Jan 8 2014: Well, one good way to see amazing things day by day is to take every problem one step at a time, to solve many problems you will have to ask more than one question, talk to more than one person, and you can't go around it, you have to do each of these things to get to the big solution.

    I doubt that a moment comes every day where you can solve all your problems. Solving problems is generally a slow, dutiful process, step by step, gathering info, connecting with help. Each problem takes times and energy, and when you solve one, another will come to take its place.
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      Jan 8 2014: And it turns out,what is the amazing you see?Is it trivial things?
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        Jan 8 2014: well, the amazing for me, Yijia, is seeing the problem get solved and the solution is a wonderful solution. And you learn so many interesting things while you are trying to solve the problem. But again, I am sure you know this, magic does not solve problems, to solve a problem you have to think what you are going to do, what knowledge you need, what people you need to talk to and what you need to say to them, and sometimes you have to talk to people who you are afraid of, or sometimes you have to say things to them that you are afraid to say, but you have to have courage and do it anyway if you are going to solve the problem. Do you agree?
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          Jan 9 2014: That make sense,greg.Then what was the problem you solved last time?
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        Jan 9 2014: well, Yijia, when I lived in Los Angeles, I had a problem with noisy neighbors, I was living in an apartment and they were playing music on their devices very frequently, and the music was coming into my apartment through the walls and bothering me. So I decided to fight this noise. One way I did it is by getting the laws from the city regarding noise, I do not know how it is in China, but in America most cities have a section of their city laws where they say how much noise is allowed, and what kind of noise, and what noise and level of noise is not allowed, and any person can obtain a copy of these laws. So I studied this law. I asked questions about any part of the law I did not understand. The Los Angeles Police Department has one unit, or sub-department, that only deals with noise problems, and they were able to help me understand any points of the noise law that were complicated. Then, after I knew the noise law, I could assess the amount of noise my neighbors were making. When I knew they were violating the law and making too much noise, I could go to them and ask them to reduce the noise, in this case the music volume. Most of the time they were willing to turn the music volume down, or turn it off. Occasionally they would get mad at me, they would scream at me, or slam the door in my face, but even in those cases after they slammed the door, they would still turn the noise down once they were inside. So it worked out, and I enjoyed many hours of quiet. But it did take some courage, when someone is playing music it can be very difficult to ask them to turn down the volume.

        Sometimes when I asked people to turn down the music volume they would refuse. In that case I would ask the police to come, and they would get the people to turn down the volume. I had to ask the police because the management and ownership of the apartment building had refused to help me with this issue.

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