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Published: February 13th 2013
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” - Buddha
.... And, on Chinese New Year, thousands of incense sticks will be lit from the flame at Nanshan Temple, and the fragrance will float around the thousands of people who, just like me, decided to visit on what must have been the busiest day of the year. This better be the luckiest damn year of my life.
I did a personality test today - turns out I’m ENFP, who, and I quote, "often have strong, if sometimes surprising, values and viewpoints... this sometimes results in the ENFP neglecting their nearest and dearest while caught up their efforts to change the world." So yeah, sorry if I'm neglecting you, but I'm off trying to change the world suckers.
But seriously, this test is really cool - absolutely spot on - and completely positive, which is great for us ENFPers because we are highly emotional and susceptible to criticism. Famous people who share my deep thoughtful nature and my "zany charm" are Mark Twain and Dr. Seuss. Heroes!
But really, I think the main reason that I'm telling you all about this (it's not just for my ego) is that ENFPs need to be given a great
amount of freedom to make new friends and go exploring - which is often to the detriment to the long term relationships with the people who care about them. If they are not given this freedom they are likely to lose their self esteem and become depressive. So really I just want to say thank you to all of you for allowing me the freedom in my life to do whatever I want to.
Even if it is just to up and go to china, and then visit a temple on the busiest day of the year. I care about everyone at home and abroad, and I really miss you - and I'm sorry that I don't write as many emails as I should and I'm sorry that I am absolutely never on Skype... but you know, that's why you like me isn't it??
So here's my little bit of kindness, just for Chinese New Year. (Imagine it all wrapped up in a red envelope) you can all light your candles from mine - just like Buddha says - even if mine is pretty exhausted from waking up at 4.40 am every day, but you know... it's the
The temple was cool by the way (even if the cynic in me despises the fact it is entirely built for tourism). The Guan Yin Statue is what I think most people go to see... soaring over the park at 108m tall the three faced statue surprisingly doesn't come close to prevoking as much fear as Professor Umbridge. In fact, it kind of looks beautiful with the glossy backdrop of the South China Sea. And although it may not be the tallest statue in the world (it comes in a lowly forth), the Chinese shouldn't be too disappointed, because it is the tallest Guan Yin Statue in the world, and is kept company in the park by many many Guinness World Records... So Guanyin (meaning "observing the sounds of the world")
should be happy really, good company, many worshippers and beautiful surroundings... happier than Umbridge anyway. And yeah, I think if Guanyin was around today she would be a Harry Potter fan.
if you want to do the test - http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
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