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Hello friends.


As mentioned in last March’s installment, This Too Shall Pass, kiki (危機), the kanji character for crisis is intriguing. The first character means danger, while the second character means opportunity. In case you were wondering, I did use different fonts in the title to reflect this idea.

Looking back just over one year ago, when the pandemic was in its early stages, we were solely focused on the dangerous aspects of this crisis. Now, with more science-based knowledge and understanding of the ways of preventing infection, the opportunity side of the word has become a silver lining.


We can see many businesses have adapted to the times by adopting new policies such as work from home. Such changes have allowed companies to continue operations while keeping staff safe. At the same time minimizing costs in the form of rent reduction by reexamining the need for space.


Similarly, employees have taken this opportunity to reevaluate how and where they work. In the pre-pandemic world, the expression of work-life balance had become a cliché, but now it is something that people really understand and in some cases may actually attain. The work from home option has given people the opportunity to analyze their work styles and make positive changes that will lead to not only higher levels of productivity, but also greater levels of life satisfaction which is a step toward overall happiness.


In short, this is clearly a once in a century opportunity for companies to enjoy higher profits while employees embrace the situation to achieve a better quality of life. There has never been a better win-win opportunity for companies and employees alike.


Enjoy your Golden Week! Wishing you health and happiness, always.

Mark Tofflemire

Tailor Made Inc.

Keywords and phrases:

While: (conjunction) whereas, used to contrast

Solely: only

Aspect: side, perspective

A silver lining: some advantage that comes as a result of a difficult situation

Adapt: change to suit one’s purpose

Adopt: to take as one’s own

Similarly: in a similar way

Attain: achieve

Century: a period of one hundred years

Alike: equally, both

Review: Language from previous installments:

Take advantage of: use to one’s benefit

Installment: i) a sum of money due as one of several equal payments for something, spread over an agreed period of time. ii) any of several parts of something which are published, broadcast, or made public in sequence at intervals.

Cliché: an expression that is overused to the point that its intended meaning is lost

Take advantage of: use to one’s benefit

Embrace: accept a belief enthusiastically

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