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Moving Stories

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看完一個小故事只需要20秒,但慢慢咀嚼可能需要20年……..
It takes 20 seconds to finish reading a short story, but it can take long time to find the essence of the story.

《失落》
男孩結婚後對自己妻子比結婚前更好。
一次聚會,朋友笑他:怎麼結婚了還那麼膩。
他笑著說道:結婚前,很多男生都想追她,有很多男生會對她好,我只有對她更好才能追到她;結婚後,對她好的男生越來越少,我只有對她更好,才能不讓她失落。

“Lost”
A man treated his wife better than before they were married.
At a party, his friends laughed at him and asked him: “How come you didn’t love your wife more before marriage?”
He smiled and said: “There were many boys that chased her and were good to her before we were married. I got her because I treated her the best.
After the marriage, I needed to treat her even better so she would not feel that she had lost it.”

貓和豬是好朋友。
一天貓掉進大坑,豬拿來繩子,貓叫豬把繩子扔下來,結果它整捆扔了下去。
貓很鬱悶的說:這樣扔下來,怎麼拉我上去?
豬說:不然怎麼做?
貓說:你應該拉住一頭繩子啊!
豬就跳下去,拿了繩子的一頭,說:現在可以了!
貓哭了,哭得很幸福。因為她明白,有的人不是很聰明,卻值得你終生擁有。

“Rope”
A cat and pig were good friends.
One day the cat fell into a pit. The pig brought a rope, but when the cat called the pig to throw the rope down, the pig threw the whole bundle down.
The cat was frustrated and said: “You threw the whole rope down, how are you supposed to pull me up?”
The pig said: “What should I have done?”
The cat said: “You should have held one end of the rope!”
The pig jumped down into the pit and grabbed the end of the rope, then said, “Now I’ve got you!”
The cat cried and felt loved because she understood that some people might not be brilliant, but whatever they do, they would always be your friend.

《新婚》
一對新婚朋友的對話。
新娘:你說,我們下輩子還會在一起麼?
新郎:你上輩子就問過這個問題了。

“Newlyweds”
A conversation from a pair of newlyweds.
Bride: Tell me, will we be together in the next life?
Groom: You asked me this question in the previous life.

《染髮》
今天爸爸在家自己染頭。
我就問他:爸,你都快60了還染頭髮幹嘛啊,還想勾搭女人去啊?
我爸說~每次我回老家前都把頭髮染黑,那樣你奶奶看見就會以為我還年輕,她也不老了。

” Dyeing Hair”
Today, my father dyed his hair at home.
I asked him, “Dad, you are almost 60. Do you want to look young so you can attract women?”
My dad said, “I dye my hair black before I go back to visit your grandmother so that she will think I am young, and that she is not old.”

《烏鴉》
父親75歲了。一天,飛來一隻烏鴉。
他問:這是啥?
兒子:是烏鴉。
過了一會,父親又問:這是啥
兒子大吼:說了是烏鴉,你怎麼回事啊!
後來又一天,兒子翻開40年前父親的日記。
「今天兒子三歲了,他指著公園裡的烏鴉問我:這是什麼?我告訴他,是烏鴉。 他又問,我又回答。他問了11次,我答了11次。」

“Crow”
A father is 75 years old. One day, a crow flew in their direction.
He asked, “What is this?”
The son replied, “It is a crow.”
After a while, the father asked again, “What is this?”
The son was frustrated and roared, “That is a crow, What is wrong with you?”
Then another day, his son opened his father’s diary to an entry that was written 40 years ago.
“Today, my son was three years old, and he pointed to the crow in the park and asked me what it was.
I told him that it was a crow. He asked me again, and I answered again.
He asked 11 times, and I answered 11 times.”

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 8

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上善若水。水善利萬物而不爭,處衆人之所惡,故幾於道。
居善地,心善淵,與善仁,言善信,政善治,事善能,動善時。
夫唯不爭,故無尤。

 

A man of morals is like water.
Water benefits everything without evoking conflicts or resistance.
It willingly takes the dirtiness that everyone hates within itself instead, so it is close to resembling “Tao.”

A man of morals always falls back and humbles himself,
His heart is deep and silent.
He treats people with love and kindness.
He has nothing but sincerity in his words.
He governs with fairness.
He is competent in business.
He chooses the right time to take action.

There is nothing to contend with,
so he is without reproach.

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Image from Forbes

 

Our bodies are 66-70% water, so if we are too dehydrated, we cannot survive. We need water. Moreover, the earth is also called a water planet. The Earth is a watery place. About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered. Water plays a significant role for humans and the Earth. All living creatures on this planet are dependent on the water; the water is the source of life.

You might have heard the story of the jar – a life lesson by a professor to her students. I would like to use the same ingredients to show you the character of water. If we fill the jar with large rocks, we can still put small pebbles inside, and again we can still put sand in as well. The story serves to demonstrate that we should not focus on little things that trouble us, but rather, keep in mind our large goals in the midst of them. The lesson she tells ends here, but I want to point out that the full jar can still be filled with water.

When looking at the character of water, one might notice that the water only flows downward to the lowest place. It has no constant shape nor steady flow. We see nothing in water but humbleness and harmony without competition. No wonder Lao Tzu regards water as Tao. Water fills any spaces that we lack in because it travels to the bottom and because water is shapeless as it flows. The water is the Tao in our full lives.

 

I, 我 (Mo Yan – Nobel Prize winner in literature )

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In 2012, Mo Yan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work as a writer “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary”.
He is best known to Western readers for his 1987 novel Red Sorghum Clan, of which the Red Sorghum and Sorghum Wine volumes were later adapted for the film Red Sorghum. Below are some of his writings.

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有 一天“我”字 丟了一撇,成了“找”字, 為找回那一撇,“我”問 了很多人,那一撇代表什麼?商 人說是金錢,政客說是權力,明 星說是名氣,軍人說是榮譽,工 人說是工資,學生說是分數…
最 後“生 活”告 訴“我”那 一撇是:健康和快樂,沒有它 們,什麼都是浮雲!

When the Chinese word for “I” (我) loses a stroke, it becomes the word for “searching” (找). I asked a lot of people, what does that stroke stand for? Businessmen say it is money, politicians say it is power, celebrities say it is fame, soldiers say it is honor, workers say it is wages, students say it is grades…

Finally, “life” tells me that it is is health and happiness, because without it, everything becomes nothing!

莫 言自嘲說他年輕時怕多言,易於 開罪別人,所以筆名“莫 言”。
結果是他言(寫)了 許多的話,一直言到拿諾貝爾文學獎。
下 面是他的話,是他的人生哲理:
特 别是他說他敬佩的兩種人,表達 得非常好。
Mo Yan was ridiculed because he was afraid of offending people when he was young, so he used the pen name “Mo Yan.”(In Chinese, it means “do not talk”). As a result, he wrote more than he spoke, and his words got him the Nobel Prize in literature.

Here are his words, and his philosophy of life:

1.我敬佩兩種人:
年 輕時陪男人過苦日子的女人;
富 裕時陪女人過好日子的男人。
I admire two kinds of people:
A woman who stays with a man through hard times when she is young;
And a man who stays with a woman when he becomes rich.

2.我遠離兩種人:
遇到好事就伸手的人;
碰 到難處就躲閃的人。
I stay away from two kinds of people:
The person who stretches out their hands for any good thing;
And the person who dodge when they encounter hardship.

3.我掛念兩種人:
相 濡以沫的愛人;
肝 膽相照的朋友。
I miss two kinds of people:
The lover who helps you in a time of difficulty;
And the friend who treats you from the heart.

4.我謝絕兩種人:
做事不道義的人;
處事無誠意的人。
I decline two kinds of people:
Those who do things immorally;
And those who have no sincerity.

5.我負責兩種人:
生 我的人;
我 生的人。
I am responsible for two kinds of people:
The one who gave birth to me;
And the ones I gave birth to.

6.我珍惜兩種人:
敢 借給我錢的人;
真 心牽掛我的人!
I cherish two kinds of people:
Anyone who dares to lend me money;
And those who care about me!

 

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 7

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天長地久。天地所以能長且久者,以其不自生,故能長生。
是以聖人後其身而身先;外其身而身存。非以其無私耶?故能成其私。

 

The Tao is infinite, eternal.
Why is it eternal?
It was never born;
thus it can never die.
Why is it infinite?
It has no desires for itself;
thus it is present for all beings.

The Master stays behind;
that is why she is ahead.
She is detached from all things;
that is why she is one with them.
Because she has let go of herself,
she is perfectly fulfilled.
(Translated by S. Mitchell)

 

This chapter talks about being egoless or selfless.

It is the easiest chapter to explain because there are many examples of this in human history.

My friend told me the story of one terminal ill patient who had lung cancer, whose doctor told him that he did not have much time to live.

He pitied himself and passed his last days complaining at first, but then he decided that he did not have time to waste, so he decided to get involved with charity work. He was so busy helping others that forgot his pain and illness. He recovered miraculously. It seemed that when he forsook his desires; he had also removed his troubles and unhappiness at the same time. He was the happiest when he tried to do good for others and in turn also helped himself.

There is also the example of Jesus Christ, who made the most selfless sacrifice by giving up Himself for the world. Before He was crucified, He knew what great suffering He would have to bear. He was weak for a moment and asked, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me.” But right away, He remembered that he had to put the world before Himself, and instead ended His prayer with, “Yet not my will, but yours be done.” He prioritized the world above Himself, and not only did He regain life for Himself, but also for the rest of humanity as well.

Wait to Take Action

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Most of my colleagues were very excited because a new manager transferred to our department. We had heard that he was capable, and he had come to reorganize the business, but after a few days, the new director had done nothing. He showed up at the office politely every day, but just stayed in his room and hardly came out. Seeing that he did nothing, those with bad motives who were initially nervous about his coming became bold and more rampant.

“He is not that capable, just a nice guy. It is easier to fool him than the former manager!”

Four months later, as people continued to feel disappointed towards the new manager, he suddenly took action – he fired all the bad employees, but he promoted the diligent personnel. After taking such a quick and precise action, he seemed to be an entirely different person.

At the year-end dinner party, the new manager gave a speech after everyone had filled and emptied their glasses three times:

“I believe that you were confused by my subdued action when I first came here, and then when I made sudden decisions for the office. I would like to tell you a story so that you will understand why I did so. I have a friend who bought a house with a huge yard. After moving in, he immediately cleared the whole yard. Then he planted new flowers throughout. One day, the original owner came to visit him, and he was shocked to see the yard, asking, “Where are the expensive peonies?”

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Picture from Kujo Yardwear

Then my friend realized that he had thought the peonies were weeds and had removed all of them.

Later he bought another house, and although the yard was messy, he did not take action right away. And sure enough, the plants he thought were weeds blossomed in the spring. Likewise, the plants that flowered in the summer were what he thought were weeds in the spring. The small trees stood there quietly for half of a year and then began growing beautiful foliage in the autumn.

He waited until late autumn to make sure that he had seen all the plants and recognized the useless weeds and removed them. That way, he could preserve all of the flowers and trees.”

The manager raised his cup and continued:
“Let me toast to everyone here. The office is like a garden; you are all precious flowers. And flowers can not blossom throughout the year. Therefore we can only recognize it after long-term observation!”

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