A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
During Chinese New Year, it is customary to wish for someone’s wishes to come true. In fact, we have a saying: “Whatever your heart desires will come true.” Having said it for so many years and always wishing for other peoples’ dreams to come true, I recently started to question why we continue to say this. As I was meditating one day, it dawned on me that the heart is where divinity is. It is where we are connected to a higher authority or to the gods – whatever you believe in, or the inner self. If you wish for something wholeheartedly and nothing else, that wish will gradually appear before you.
Recently, after coming back from the tai chi practice, I hoped and wished that my effort in training would get me a commercial. After all, it had been three years since I had failed a tai chi audition and started practicing more. I wasn’t a master by any means, but I still knew quite a lot.
Just a week later, I was auditioning for a singing commercial. During the audition, we were asked about our specialties and skills. The first person, an Asian man, replied that he was a master in tai chi. When it was my turn, I decided to tell them that I knew tai chi as well. We were then told to stay behind and show them.
I felt good about the audition and, sure enough, I got the callback the next day. After auditioning, I went to dancing class. I was sweating but still felt cold. The temperature dropped suddenly. I knew that I had caught a cold, and lost my voice as a result. I could hardly speak when my agent called me about the callback. She asked me if she should tell the casting director that I could not make it. I had a strong desire to get this commercial involving tai chi, so I insisted on going, whether or not I had a voice. After entering the audition room, I told them that I lost my voice and couldn’t sing. Then, one of the people in charge said not to worry and just to do my tai chi.
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I thought I had a slim chance of getting the role in the commercial since I had no voice to sing. Surprisingly, the next day, I got a call from the director telling me that I was picked to be in the commercial. In the end, it turned out that our tai chi overpowered the singing, and we did not end up singing. It was a miracle to be involved in a singing filming without actually singing. I was able to replace my inability to sing with my tai chi.
Indeed, our heart’s desire will come true. I just hope that my readers will have the same experience – whatever your heart (and when I say your heart, I mean wholeheartedly) desires will come true, sooner or later. As in the film Cinderella, “a dream is a wish your heart makes.”
Last week, I wrote about everyone having their own time and their own pace, and that everyone is at the right place at the right time. Since then, I found articles on the Internet about the movie “Central Station,” and the story of how the director found the film’s lead actor.
The film centers on Rio de Janeiro’s Central Station, where director Walter Salles was approached by a nine-year-old shoe shiner named Vinicius de Oliveira, three weeks before filming began. But Salles was wearing white tennis shoes, which couldn’t be shined, and the boy asked him for money for food after being turned away, as he hadn’t eaten for the entire day. He also promised him that he would pay him back after a week. Salles gave him money and didn’t think much of it, knowing he likely wouldn’t be paid back, until he returned to Central Station to begin filming a month later, and the same boy waved him down and ran after him, to give him back the money he had borrowed three weeks earlier.
Salles saw something in the boy and told him that he had a gift for him at the studio. Rather than come alone, Vinicius brought all of the shoe shiners from the station with him to accept it so that he could share Salles’ gift with them. The director’s gift, however, was the lead role in his movie. Even if some of the other boys might have been better actors, he gave the role to the boy who had earnestly borrowed money from him, and who had brought his friends to share in the gift that he was to receive, because he could see the kindness and innocence in him that fit the character he was to play.
“Central Station” went on to receive international acclaim and win a Golden Globe for best foreign language film in 1999. A then twelve-year-old Vinicius went on stage with Salles and his co-star, Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro, to accept the award at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For a boy who was working by the age of nine, who had never seen a movie before suddenly getting the chance to be the lead actor in one, it was the opportunity of a lifetime.
Vinicius was in the right place at the right time. He also tried to give his opportunity away to the other shoe shiners as well, but because he was kind and sincere, this opportunity didn’t miss him. You are also in the right place at the right time, but don’t let selfishness cloud your opportunities.
Watching this inspiring video, I am reminded of Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 in the Bible
There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven:
Indeed, there is a right time zone for everything we do. What a comfort to get this message to our heart. We will never be late nor early. This video helps to put my mind at peace. I hope the same will go for my readers.
There was a boy with a bad temper, and his father gave him a bag of nails; he told him that he should put one nail in the fence in the backyard whenever he was angry.
On the first day, the boy hammered in 37 nails. Slowly the number of nails per day went down. He found it easier to control his temper than to hammer in the nails.
Finally one day, the boy did not lose his temper, and he told his father. His father asked him to pull out a nail whenever he was able to control his temper.
Many days had passed, and finally, the boy told his father that he had pulled out all the nails. The father took his hand and walked to the backyard and said, “You are doing well, my good boy, but look at all the holes in that fence. The fence will never be able to return to its original shape. The words that you say are like these nails and they leave scars. If stab someone with a knife, no matter how many times you say sorry, that wound will always exist.” The pain we receive from someone’s words is so real, and they are unbearable.
We often cause permanent damage because we are too stubborn to let go. If we can start with ourselves, and begin to be more tolerant of others, I believe we will be able to receive many unexpected results. If we open a window for others, in turn, we let ourselves have a chance to see an entire sky…
Jack decided to go skiing with Bob, a good friend of his. They put their luggage into Jack’s mini bus and drove straight to the north.
But they were caught in a storm after a few hours of driving. They turned into a farm nearby, where they met a beautiful and attractive woman. They asked her if they could stay for the night because it was too cold outside.
And she answered, “I know how bad the weather is outside now, but I live by myself in this big house. If I let you stay here, I’m afraid that the neighbors will talk about me.”
“Don’t worry!” Jack said, “We are willing to sleep in the barn, and we will leave at dawn when the weather becomes better.”
After getting an agreement from the beautiful lady, they settle into the barn.
The next morning, the storm stopped, they continued on their journey.
They enjoyed a wonderful skiing weekend.
About nine months later, Jack received an unexpected letter.
Puzzled for a few minutes, he realized that the letter was from the attorney representing the beautiful lady that they met on that stormy night.
A few days after, Jack met Bob in the ski resort.
Jack asked Bob, “Do you remember that beautiful lady we met at the farm about nine months ago when we went vacation to the north for skiing?”
“Of course I do,” Bob said.
“Uhh, so do you remember that night, when you told me you wanted to use the bathroom? Did you go to her room and sleep with her instead?”
“Hmm, yes…” Bob felt embarrassed after his secret was out. “Ok, I admit that I went to her room.”
“Did you tell her my name instead of yours?”
Bob’s face turned red, and he said, “ Ahh, bro! It’s been a long time; I’m sorry that I did that, but why on earth do you ask me about this stuff?”
“Because she passed away and she left all her heritage to me,” Jack said.
The original text of this article was in Chinese, the author is unknown.