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Moments of Delight

彭玉霞

      With Mendelssohn’s sweet melody as background music, I’m sitting comfortably before my desktop, thinking again of the satisfying hours recently spent in the class “Art Appreciation” on Wednesdays. As a small potato, I really feel blessed to be able to learn about the paintings of蕭勤大師. Thanks to蔡獻友老師for also arranging a lecture given by Professor Huang (黃廣志教授)!

It is really a blessing to be able to hear Professor Huang’s lecture! I was so impressed by his accomplishments and talents. Actually, I awed at his uncountable papers and awards; I awed at his persistence of practicing the martial art. What a wise scholar! He appreciates and values the beautiful balance in both body and mind.

      When Dr. Huang mentioned the sponsored ticket to the States, I was so touched that tears filled up my eyes. I would like to show my high respect for his two loving, kind teachers. Their generous act was done for nothing but love. Just human love! I received the same kind of love from my fellow schoolmates and my loving professors as well. They rushed to the hospital to donate blood and money to my dying mother.

      How this respectable professor and Master Xiao (蕭勤大師) dealt with their hardship in a foreign country stirred me deep in the heart! I was also in the same difficult situation at the age of twenty, fighting alone for my living in Taiwan. Those days were really challenging! That Master Xiao was able to face the loss of his daughter and keep fulfilling his enormous dream was beyond words. His wise, determined, confident look as well as his fine works did impress me. I hope someday in the near future I can actually see his great works. With my fingers crossed, I hope that I can have the honor to shake his hand.

I believe that these two “national treasures” had a far more difficult time than me. I believe that hard work was their only means to the road of success. Short cuts were denied; easy paths were ignored; temptations were unseen or unheard. I believe they were positive and strong enough to choose a difficult path to take. This is one of the reasons why Professor Huang and Master Xiao are destined to achieve fame and respect.

      Why these two masters have often placed themselves in the arms of Mother Nature can be totally understood. As a young woman, I believed my success at home or at workplace resulted from my efforts. However, at a certain age, I have come to realize that there are so many people working or fighting hard out there without too much result.

We human beings are so trivial in the universe; we are so easily swept away in a storm or a wave; we easily collapse in our misfortunes. This is why we need to seek tranquility in our meditation or restore our energy in the loving arms of our Mother Nature. Being close to nature is also one of the ways to show our enormous respect and appreciation for what we have and what we are today.

      The fact that we are still breathing explains how blessed we are; the fact that we are able to give explains how blessed we are. Being humble, I believe, is also one of the ways to show our sincere thanks to the blessings we have received. Anger, therefore, is a luxury; pride is so foreign to us. Can you imagine now why these two great men have been so enthusiastic, so dedicated, and so humble?

      Last but not least, the dedications these two honorable giants have given to our society are the most valuable gifts we have in Taiwan. Their same decision to sow their seeds of love and knowledge in the education field is so wise, so generous, and so respectable that all of us should salute to them. May peace and health always be with them!

 P.S. My Chinese expression is quite weak, so I’d like to apologize for using English.

 

  曾經過戰火洗禮的驚恐,逃難的顛沛流離,來自越南的玉霞,輾轉來到台灣求學,現今定居高雄,慶幸能在本班重拾求學的樂趣。兩年多來一直很珍惜上課的機會,也儘可能把握每次的分享,有時中文辭窮,英文會脫口而出。

  知道這學期有期末分享的徵稿,欣然用她熟悉的書寫語文,談對兩次課程的心得。對兩位學者生命經騐堛瑪i練和考騐感同身受,也確信,唯有堅定不移的信念和不畏艱苦的意志,才能超越原來的自己;更體証唯有「愛」能化解怨讎,使天下和平,是人類最偉大的情操。

--編者後記