Thinkpiece: Values to follow

Maybe some of you have already noticed. Last month I had wanderlust and it drew me to Vietnam. Do you already know our article in which I write about my thoughts? I don’t want to deny it, life in Vietnam is definitely different. It is overwhelming. What I immediately noticed is that it’s not only different in its way, but also in its attitude. Our mission is, among other things, to bring a little light and sun into your day, so for you four reasons what we should absolutely copy from the Vietnamese.

  • (Self)trust

To say that traffic is chaotic may be a little understated. Rarely have I seen so many scooters and cars at once. Into each other, over each other, under, left and right. They drive scooters with children, three, four of them. Sometimes even with dogs, other animals or huge pieces of furniture. Yeah, why not? At a speed that is far faster than my brain can process. It took me 20 minutes to cross a single street. Whether the traffic light is green or red is not really important here. And when I was packed with a scooter taxi and drove through this traffic in Hanoi, I finally thought I was going to die. Despite my fear, I never died. And despite the countless times I thought others would die, luckily nothing happened. The trust that the Vietnamese bring into their daily lives is fascinating. The trust in themselves and others. And that also has to do with the next point.

  • Peace and deep serenity

Let me describe it in terms of a situation. In the midst of this turbulent traffic, a somewhat older woman with her vegetable stall walks by. She crosses the street calmly and walks as slowly as if she were taking a relaxed evening stroll in the park, completely blocking out the traffic to her left and right. At the corner her basket tears and all the vegetables wander across the street. Without even a second to trust the loss, without breaking out in panic, she slowly picks up the vegetables piece by piece. Just as slowly as before. Some hurry to help and she smiles warmly. The speed around her hardly changes, it remains chaotic. But she keeps a serenity that I have rarely experienced in my life. 

  •       Being at the moment

The same week I sat in a small café and wrote a few lines. It was raining cats and dogs. I immediately noticed a monk in his robe sitting in front of a small lantern shop. Maybe it was the rain that fascinated him so much, probably he was always like that. For a few hours he sat by the side of the road and did nothing but observe the fast pace of the city. He hardly moved, but smiled with such contentment that it made him shine. While watching, I had the feeling he could stop time. And even in the midst of this chaos, I could feel his deep relaxation and joy. The grey didn’t seem so dreary to me and the rain had something so poetic. For a few hours there was nothing else but the city, the moment and him.

  •        To choose love instead of anger

Something I noticed the most is the love here. Unbelievably helpful people and they laugh so much and with so much heart. They smile at everyone on the street, they make jokes all the time and take life relaxed and easy in a very natural way. In my opinion, it takes a lot of strength and self-confidence to meet Europeans or any other western country without prejudice. So far, Vietnamese people have been so loving and helpful to me. With so much cordiality. So much peace and so much compassion towards their environment we can definitely learn from it. 

Text:Masha is the founder of Literaa Poetry and the better half of Pedro.
She likes to write columns and lifestyle topics and takes care of the editorial staff.
Read more about Masha here.

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Masha is the founder of Literaa Poetry and the better half of Pedro.
She likes to write columns and lifestyle topics and takes care of the editorial staff.
Read more about Masha here.

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  1. This is so beautiful to read… and amazing photos. Just as you felt the monk’s calm and the vegetable lady’s tranquility, so we can feel it through you passing it on through your words. Thank you!

    1. literaapoetry says:

      Thank you so much, Edith. It means the world to me to know that you feel it. Much love to you ❤️

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