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There are times when we simply do not know what to do, or where to go, next. Sometimes these periods are brief, sometimes lingering.
We can get through these times. We can rely on our program and the disciplines of recovery. We can cope by using our faith, other people, and our resources.
Accept uncertainty. We do not always have to know what to do or where to go next. We do not always have clear direction.
Refusing to accept the inaction and limbo makes things worse.
It is okay to temporarily be without direction. Say “I don’t know,” and be comfortable with that. We do not have to try to force wisdom, knowledge, or clarity when there is none.
Sometimes, as part of taking care of ourselves, it becomes time to end certain relationships. Sometimes, it comes time to change the parameters of a particular relationship.
This is true in love, in friendships, with family, and on the job.
Endings and changes in relationships are not easy. But often, they are necessary.
Sometimes, we linger in relationships that are dead, out of fear of being alone or to postpone the inevitable grieving process that accompanies endings.
Sometimes, we need to linger for a while, to prepare ourselves, to get strong and ready enough to handle the change.
I know nothing is going to last forever,” Stephen King said. “But the key to life and being happy is acting as though it is.”
Many of us have had our illusions about security and permanency shattered. The longer we’re alive, the more it gets beat into us: nothing is forever. We can plan on many things, but the only thing we can plan on with any certainty is change.
“New China’s was not a capitalist economy on the basis of private ownership, as in European and American countries, nor was it a socialist economy on the basis of public ownership, as in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries. It was something altogether novel: a new-democratic economy, with both a capitalist sector and a socialist element. The regime of the new democracy was a system of democratic centralism designed by the National People’s Congress. It was totally different from the parliamentary system of the former democracy, and belonged to the classification of the representatives’ conference of the socialist Soviet Union. However, it was also completely different from the Soviet system, because it eradicated class, while the Chinese system was based on an alliance of all revolutionary classes.”
Characteristics of the Common Programme Draft by the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, September 22, 1949.
O primeiro-ministro chinês Zhou Enlai, apesar do seu motivado discurso em Bandung, e das suas negociações com Kissinger, não era visto pelo Ocidente como um diplomata. A sua visita a África, em 1963, deixou-o muito desiludido quando os africanos rejeitaram o seu pensamento sobre a revolução, pois era o última ideia que os recém independentes países africanos procuravam. Tais países desejavam estabilidade. A China talvez tenha cometido erros com a África, assim como esta cometeu muitos erros consigo mesma, dado que o continente ficou dividido em cinquenta e cinco países e com duas mil subdivisões históricas, culturais e linguísticas. A China aprendeu como ser um estado o mais rápido possível, especialmente com os poderes coloniais que foram enfraquecidos pela II Guerra Mundial e que começaram a sair com mais avareza sem preparar as estruturas governativas e a administração pública dos estados que rapidamente se tornaram independentes.