Now that 2013 has come, let’s reflect on these Chinese and African proverbs that may guide us on our journey ahead:
Time is a teacher—and a healer.
If you want to know your past, look into your present condition. If you want to know your future, look into your present actions.
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
The gods cannot help those who do not seize opportunities.
When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train people.
Be not afraid of moving slowly; be afraid of standing still.
If you must play, decide on three things at the start: The rules of the game, the stakes, and the time to quit.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who doesn’t remains a fool forever.
With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown!