3. Oct, 2017

German Unity Day on 03-Oct-17

Today is the 27th celebration of the German Unity Day (http://learngermancoach.com/german-unity-day/) and only 50% of the Germans think we are one nation now (https://www.thelocal.de/20171002/half-of-germans-think-the-country-has-grown-to-become-one-nation-survey-reveals). Interesting statistic provided and it varies by more than 20% depending on the age of the responder.   

Looking at the Historical Background -

"After World War II, Germany was divided into four military sectors, which were controlled by the Soviet Union, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. On the 23rd of May, 1949, the regions under France, the United Kingdom and the United States of American formed the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany). On October 7 the same year, the region under the Soviet Union became the Democratic Republic of Germany (East Germany)."

- you will see that it was not the free choice of the German population, in which sector they had been located after the separation. Some had the opportunity or took the initiative to change sectors, but for the majority it just was a given. Being grown up in two different social and political systems for a very long time the nation was united again in 1990. Today we celebrate the 27th anniversary.

I am not really surprised about the outcome of the statistic mentioned above, as this relates to another topic I posted in my Facebook ReThinkandFocus group today - To be insanely happy, stop comparing -   https://journal.thriveglobal.com/to-be-insanely-happy-stop-comparing-29ff8c04164d. A lot of people tend to compare themselves with any given reference point (from the press, the politicians, the current opinion makers, Facebook, Google, etc.) instead of being happy with themselves and how they are. I agree this is difficult and requires some level of self confidence, but in the end you will be much more happy and satisfied with yourself!! Something to think about Wink.

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. Arthur Ashe, American - Tennis player July 10, 1943 - February 6, 1993

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