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His Fiance Forgot Who He Was. But That Didn’t Stop Him

After she forgets who he is, a man has to make his fiance fall in love with him all over again.

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This story is sure to give Romeo and Juliet a run for their money.

When Hisashi Nishizawa first met Mai Nakahara in 2006, he knew she was the woman he was going to marry. It’s like they always say; when you know, you know. After two years of dating, they got engaged on their anniversary. All the plans were in place and they couldn’t wait to start their lives together as husband and wife. But 3 months before the wedding, something started to go terribly wrong.

Mai started acting not like herself. Suddenly she was having terrible mood swings. Screaming at Hisashi for no apparent reason and before he could figure out what was going on she would burst into tears. Then, it got worse. She started not recognizing family and friends. Finally, one afternoon, she looked at her fiance and asked him, “Who are you?”

Hisashi knew something had gone terribly wrong with his future bride. He, along with her family, took her to the hospital, but doctors could not figure out what was wrong with Mai. Her condition only got worse. She suffered a cardiac arrest and eventually fell into a coma.

Everyone was devastated. Hisashi didn’t know what he was going to do, but he knew he wasn’t going to leave Mai. He loved her too much and refused to give up hope. Her family, despite being so grateful for his presence throughout all of this, insisted he move on with his life. Mai may never come out of her coma. But Hisashi insisted. He was going to marry Mai.

After five months of questions, doctors finally figured out what was wrong with Mai. She was suffering from limbic encephalitis that had been caused by an ovarian tumor. They removed the tumor but could offer little hope that she would recover. Hisashi didn’t waver. He remained by her side, certain that she would come back to him.

Sure enough, after being in a coma for a year and a half, Mai opened her eyes again. It was the glimmer of hope everyone had been praying for. But, she still didn’t remember anyone. And she probably never would. Hisashi was going to have to make her fall in love with him all over again. Something he was more than happy to do.

He stayed with her, day in and day out, as they slowly rebuilt their relationship. And as they began to fall back in love, Mai’s condition improved and she finally left the hospital three years after she first started asking strangely. And although forever confined to a wheelchair, her miraculous recovery amazed the doctors. But not Hisashi. He knew they still had a wedding to get to.

Hisashi and Mai were married in August of 2014, a full 8 years after he proposed to her. It was an emotional affair as it was something everyone previously thought impossible. But it just goes to show you, nothing’s impossible when it comes to true love.

 

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Work from home arrangements were increasing prior to the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak. Such arrangements became even more rampant—and increasingly necessary—as more and more countries adopted massive lockdowns and physical distancing protocols due to the on-going outbreak. Hence, experts stress the need to use adaptive leadership when dealing with day-to-day work via digital means.

Remote work can be very stressful especially because it inhibits the capacity of both leaders and employees to initiate traditional face-to-face activities. Scientists, therefore, point out that best practices must be discovered and perpetuated, given both the constraints and benefits of these WFH necessities. The virtue, they say, of adaptive leadership is the ability of managers and bosses to pinpoint and highlight the benefits of remote working rather than resist the inevitable changes dictated by these trying times.

To further comprehend the workings of the adaptive leadership framework, here are several key points for managers and bosses to bear in mind.

First, adequate communication between the leader and his subordinates is crucial. Despite the limitations of the WFH design, it is important for leaders to maintain transparent, consistent, and frequent contact. In a recent study, 47% of employees mention that they feel isolated due to being physically away from the office. It is, then, essential for a leader to maintain open communication with his team. A two-way conversation between a leader and his subordinate encourages rapport building—a significant ingredient in effective and adaptive leadership. Employees, who feel comfortable speaking with the boss, are deemed more efficient in their assigned work.

Second, adaptive leadership stipulates the need for employers to trust their employees. WFH arrangements can lead to disruptions due to intermittent internet signals and other interferences. It is essential, then, for employers to trust their employees as regards work completion and time management. Leaders must focus on output rather than micro-management, so to speak. The difficulties brought on by inevitable remote working points out the need for leaders to acclimate themselves to the constraints that are experienced by their subordinates as they grapple with deadlines.

Third, leaders must reset their expectations. Face-to-face contact is entirely different from WFH arrangements.  Permitting a subordinate to work independently must be encouraged as constant checking cannot be sustainable during remote work. Perfect work can eventually be achieved when leaders allow their subordinates a larger margin of error for some time.

Finally, creativity must be supported. Adaptive leadership calls for leaders to allow their employees to be comfortable with the remote work design. To do that, they must permit their subordinates to do their tasks with as much creativity as possible. In time, such open support for independent thinking among employees can be more beneficial for the company as employees get to feel more valuable when they get to input their own designs in the different outputs they submit. Open praise for an employee’s good work is also essential. Adaptive leadership points out the necessity for leaders to encourage their subordinates to be at ease with their work despite the unprecedented changes that arise.

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Lives of the Stoics co-author, Ryan Holiday, asserts that stoicism is upfront and helpful, although it isn’t the easiest to execute.

For the Stoics, self-mastery is essential when dealing with this confusing world. Thus, stoicism is the main focus of the book, “Lives of the Stoics,” which was co-authored by American strategist, thinker, and scholar Ryan Holiday together with his publisher, Stephen Hanselman.

The study of Stoicism originated in Ancient Greece, coined by the philosopher, Zeno. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, the royal emperor from 121 CE to 180 CE, was its most famous follower.

The philosophy has a couple of basic tenets:

One, there are various unprecedented crises that occur in life. In ancient times, these were mainly attributed to famines, floods, wars, and political revolutions. At present, we have climate change, nuclear power, and COVID-19.

Two, these upheavals do not get solved by complaining against the unfairness of it all. It doesn’t help to lose hope, as well. Instead, it is best to remain unflustered and adopt the four principles, namely discipline, wisdom, courage, and justice.

“Stoicism is for difficult times. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re doing, life is demanding that you live by those ideals now. It’s not easy, but it is at least straightforward,” explains Holiday.

We need to note that Marcus Aurelius Antoninus led Rome during a 14-year plague. He died while fighting an on-going pestilence in his nation. Zeno went on to study philosophy after a catastrophic shipwreck left him without money and property.

“We have this caricature of philosophers being totally out of touch with real world. The truth is that the ancients live moments just like this one,” Holiday shares, describing the similarities of today’s situation with the old.

The following are five essential tips to riding out the pandemic using stoicism:

1. Discover your points of control

According to Zeno, stoicism is dependent upon ethics and logic. Change only the things you can alter.

2. Prioritize the quality of your existence

What can you initiate to create more happiness in yourself? How can you use your available resources to bring forth such joy?

3. Distinguish the difference between irrational and rational fears

In stoicism, irrational fears are called “passions.” Pinpoint the real threats in your life. Then do steps 1 and 2 again.

4. Never expect—or await—perfection

No one can remain a stoic 24/7. “Who’s perfect? Especially lately. The pandemic has tested all of us. Such is life. We’ll get through it because we don’t have a choice. We can use this as a chance to grow and improve and rise to the challenge. I’m not always as good as I’d like to be about it, but I am trying,” Holiday stresses.

5. Test your mortality

Stoicism asserts that everyone, at some point, will have to die. It is crucial to accept this inevitable fact and learn to appreciate the present. The philosophy does not merely educate us on how to live life to the fullest but on how to face death, as well.

 

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According to the Bennet Institute for Public Policy in Cambridge University, about half of the people who previously reported feelings of happiness decreased in the 3 weeks right after the lockdown. Data from various platforms mention that only about 51% of Britons declared feelings of joy before the report of the first COVID-19 death in the UK and only 25% were feeling happy after the declaration of lockdown on 23 March.

When the lockdown eased a bit, however, numbers started improving as around 47% started saying that they were happy by the end of May.

The same research also mentions that there is a relative difference between the rich and the poor in terms of happiness levels in relation to the lockdown. Those who were well-off in life mention the dwindling levels of joy while the poorest sector asserts a rise in hopefulness and satisfaction.

Dr Robert Foa of YouGov-Cambridge Centre for Public Opinion Research and Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies mentions, “It was the pandemic, not the lockdown, that depressed people’s wellbeing. Mental health concerns are often cited as a reason to avoid lockdown.”

“In fact, when combined with employment and income support, lockdown may be the single most effective action a government can take during a pandemic to maintain psychological welfare,” Foa adds.

In many parts of the world, there is a huge outcry for aid especially because the widespread declaration of lockdowns caused many people to lose their jobs. Many people were also cut off from their loved ones due to the social distancing requirement that is still in effect today. People who were used to freely mingling and going out daily were suddenly left with nothing to do and no one to be with. The sudden need to stay indoors greatly affected the different aspects of living, causing huge impacts on both physical and mental well-being.

With the news of various attempts to discover an effective vaccine for the coronavirus and the increasing improvement in contract tracing and testing, many people are feeling hopeful once again. The need to go back to various jobs and reconnect with loved ones allow more people to regain the positivity that was lost during the height of the pandemic.

Summary

The sudden onset of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis heavily affected the whole world. Various countries around the world were forced to enact hard lockdowns and require social distancing protocols to stop the rapid spread of the deadly virus. The general feelings of happiness decreased during the onset of the pandemic as the report of the first UK death made people realize the seriousness of the issue at hand. With the attempts to discover a vaccine for the disease, however, and the gradual easing of lockdown in the country, more and more Britons are now claiming feelings of hopefulness and joy. Around the world, the clamor for a definite covid-19 cure is heard.   

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