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1/22/2006


by Bonnie on 0000-00-00

Hey Carl,
Please don't get discouraged by Rachel's words. She's really telling you the truth, but you'll be fine at the end.
How come? Because kids are resilient creatures. They want to feel happy so they adjust themselves more readily than grown-ups to their new environment. And they do thrive in a nurturing and yet challenging environment!
You might think, But some of these things sounds soooo ... weird!!! Well, that's how you judge it now based on who you are today assuming you would not change at all. The truth of the matter is millions, if not billions, of people have lived in China having done or are doing things this way.
As you know, the first 4-6 weeks are reserved for some serious adjustments including an experience I would call know-yourself - know your true strengths and weaknesses.
Rachel has summarized this experience very well on September 23 sometimes you don't think you can do something, but then you prove you can; other times you think you can do something, but you end up not being able to do it.
In the States, the education system has done a good job helping kids building self-confidence. However, in its shadow is the lack of the understanding of one's abilities. Without knowing what their strengths and weaknesses are, people would be so easy to cross the line between being self-confident and being arrogant.
I am sure your Limai experience will NOT be a ¡°comfortable¡± one, but it will be a very DIFFERENT one. One day in a couple of months, when you realize that you have adapted to the life there, you will have definitely GROWN.
Character building is not about talking but a practice every day. You will come out this experience more mature, independent, and, yes, more self-confident!
Please feel free to share your thoughts. Thank you for writing!
Best,
Bonnie
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