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The Most Beautiful Place in China

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My friend emailed me this article, and it is such a beautiful place that I couldn’t help but post it here to share with you. I did take a trip to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and a few other places in China, but this place from the pictures looks so serene. I hope I can make a trip to visit this beautiful place soon.

 

Hubei, China is such a beautiful place, and even though it is not often mentioned by people,
but it has a reputation. There is an area often called “Little Tibet in Hubei,” “Shangri-La in Hubei,” or “Legend of the Secret.”
CNN regards it as “China’s most beautiful wonderland!” China’s National Geographic calls it  “the most beautiful place in China!”

Yes, it is the city of Enshi!
When you go there, you will find it is not of this world, like a paradise or a wonderland.

Spring flowers bloom like a piece of brocade,

Summer feels more like a “natural air-conditioned room” – it is a veritable “cool city!”

In the autumn, fir and maple trees weave a beautiful picture from heaven.

Winters are snow-capped, like that of Northern scenery, when the area seems to become a “Chinese version of the Alps!”

Numerous sceneries are hidden here.

The beauty will take your breath away!

The magnificent scenery of Enshi Canyon, about 108 km long! It is as marvelous as the Grand Canyon in the USA.

Enshi Grand Canyon also contains a variety of land-forms: cliffs, peaks, caves, natural bridges, rivers, shafts, peak clusters, hanging valleys…

It is amazing to see both cliffs and peaks here. Walking on the 300-meter-high cliff promenade, I think I would be trembling.

One Incense Pillar is a thin pillar standing between the cliffs and peaks of the 108-kilometer-long Enshi Canyon. This incense stick-shaped peak is 150 meters tall, but only four meters wide, which makes it incredible that it stands at all, let alone that it’s survived several major earthquakes.

Qing River in Enshi.

Tenglong Cave is believed to be the longest single cave system in the world. The cave entrance is 74 m (243 ft) and 64 m (210 ft) wide, leading to 59.8 km (37.2 mi) of passageways. An underground network of streams runs for 16.8 km (10.4 mi) whilst the cave is the source of the Qingjiang River.

Change Your Outlook On Life

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Although I cannot change my life, I can change my outlook on life;

Although I cannot change my environment, I can change my state of mind;

Although I can not adjust my environment to adapt to my own life, I can adjust my attitude to adapt to the environment.

People who are content see the bitterness of the poor.
People who are not content see the happiness of the rich.

Those that we give to can bring happiness in return!

The fastest footsteps:
Do not cross boundaries, but are insistent.

The slowest pace:
Is not truly slow, but wandering.

The best way:
Is not a broad road, but requires patience.

The greatest happiness:
Is not to receive, but to show appreciation.

The best fortune:
Is not money, but to be satisfied.

The most freedom:
Is not to own, but to let go.

Mother Teresa said:
We often cannot do great things, but we can do small things with great love.

The Unexpected Rewards from the Mistakes

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An MRI study by USC and a group of international researchers has found that having the opportunity to learn from failure can turn it into a positive experience – but only if the brain has a chance to learn from its mistakes. The following stories echo the same results of the USC MRI study.


“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.” -Denis Waitley

There was a paper mill worker at work one day; he produced a pile of waste paper, which could not be used to write on because he carelessly made a mistake in the formula. His boss was furious and not only deducted his salary but also fired him. Moreover, he was ordered to take the waste paper home.

The mill worker was dejected and despondent to bring back a pile of useless waste paper.

His wife was cooking dinner when he went home. He slumped at the table, staring at the beef soup that stewed on the stove, thinking about how to tell his wife the bad news that he had lost his job. Suddenly, his wife screamed because the beef soup began to overflow and splash everywhere.

The worker did not think much, and immediately took a few sheets of waste paper that he had brought home, covering the soup that had spilled on the stove and elsewhere. The paper drained the soup.

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Picture from Teaching Mama

 

He was surprised to see the paper had absorbed all the soup. He could not help but think, “Could there be a use for this paper, even if it cannot be used in writing?”

The worker carefully studied the paper and found that its water absorption was splendid. It could not be used to write, but it could instead be used to dry the water off of areas. He cut the paper into pieces and brought the paper to the market to sell. The absorbent paper quickly became popular.

Later, the worker applied for the patent for his absorbent paper, which he initially made by mistake. As a result, he made a huge fortune.

It is said that this is how paper towels came about. The worker who was fired for using the wrong paper formula instead became one of Germany’s most wealthy people!

When the worker was first fired, how could he expect that the thing that helped him become successful was the wrong product he made that had cost him his job?

 

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There is also another well-known example of the success of a mistake; it is the origin of Japanese sake. Japanese rice wine was opaque in the early days. One day, as the owner was inspecting the winery, he caught a worker stealing rice wine, who he angrily fired.

The dismissed worker was unhappy, and he wanted to retaliate, so he threw the ashes of the stove into the barrel. By the time the owner found out, the barrel was full of ash; but he also realized that the remaining upper layer of the wine was as clear as water.

The wine owner was not frustrated or upset about the wasted rice wine. Instead, he immediately applied this newly found clarifying method. After many trials and improvements, he started producing clear sake, and it was well received.

The way to make a mistake perfect is to learn from that mistake. If you are simply upset because of the error, you will never know how much reward you might receive from that mistake in the future.

This article was translated from the original Chinese from http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/11/9/15/n3373001.htm.

Let Go Then You Will Gain

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The image is from Shutterstock.

The teacher asked, “What should I do if someone has to boil water and find that there is not enough wood for the fire to boil all the water?”

Some students answered:  “You should hurry and gather, borrow, or buy the wood.”

The teacher said, “Why don’t you pour some of the water out from the pot?”

The students were enlightened. All things cannot be completely wishful. Sometimes you have to let go to gain. We search for answers for our problems, but often it is not far away in the mountains but within proximity.

 

Give Yourself a Cliff

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Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

A man picked up a baby bird from the side of the road and decided to bring it home so that his son could play with it. His son put the baby bird together with chickens and raised them together.

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The image is from The Salt Lake Tribune

As the bird grew up, the family realized that the baby bird was an eagle. Although the eagle got along well with the chickens, from time to time a chicken would be missing from the flock. The family began to suspect that the eagle had been eating the chickens. They asked the man to kill the eagle. The man was reluctant at first, but because of the pressure from his family members, he decided he would free the eagle instead of killing it. But no matter where he left the eagle, it always returned to his house.

Someone suggested instead that they bring the eagle to a cliff and just to throw it off. The man did so, tossing the bird over the cliff. In the beginning, the eagle was just like a rock – it dropped straight down, and just as it seemed like it was going to hit the bottom of the cliff, the eagle opened its wings and flew, higher and farther away until the man could not see it, and never came back.

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The image is from US Fish & Wildlife Service – Migratory Bird Program | Conserving …

The eagle had wings, and when it was thrown over the cliff, it used them to fly. But when it was raised in the world of the chickens, all it ever knew was that birds did not fly. He never trained to fly, and he enjoyed the comforts of the henhouse. Gradually, he lost the will and the confidence to spread his wings. If no one had thrown him off of the cliff, he would have never flown and found the world that belonged to him.

A lot of times, we are afraid to face a cliff.

A great American jazz composer, George Gershwin, also encountered his own cliff. He had composed orchestral pieces before, but when band leader Paul Whiteman, who admired him, invited him to write a composition with him, he refused, thinking that he would not have time to do a good job on it. Later, he found an article in a magazine about Whiteman’s concert that declared Gershwin himself was currently composing the piece, even though he had refused before. Gershwin was shocked and confronted Whiteman, who said that what was done was done. Gershwin had no way out but to write the piece, which he hastily did in just five weeks.

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The image is from The Biography of George Gershwin | Teen Jazz Legends

What he wrote was “Rhapsody in Blue,” one of the most well-recognized orchestral jazz pieces in history. Because of it, Gershwin quickly became one of America’s most well-known composers.

Sometimes we need to be put into a position that gives us a sense of urgency so that we can be restored, and so our tree of life produces more outstanding flowers.

People are always reluctant to leave their comfort zone. They do not want to let go of what is easy. But if we ever want to have a breakthrough, we must understand that, at that critical moment, on the edge of the cliff, it is possible to get another piece of the blue sky.

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