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The Most Brilliant Essay in 2017!

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太极 邓伟标 – 色 短短的话,却藏着最深刻的道理。

思想太少可能失去做人的尊严,思想太多可能失去做人的快乐。

——度也!

Short words hide the most profound reasons.
Too little thought may make one lose the dignity of life, but too much thought may make one lose the joy of life.

挣钱是技术,花钱是艺术;能不能挣钱看智慧,会不会花钱看品味。

——道也!

To make money is a skill, to spend money is an art; wisdom can help you to earn money, but spending money shows your taste.

-Tao.

对自己好点,这一生不是很长;对身边的人好点,下辈子不一定还能遇上。

——爱也!

Treat yourself well, for our life is not that long; treat the people surrounding you nicer because we may not see them again in our next life.

-Love.

当我们是少数时,可以测试我们的勇气;当我们是多数时,可以测试我们的宽容。

——仁也!

When we are few, we can test our courage; when we are the majority, we can test our tolerance.

– Benevolence!

耐得住,伤得起,拿得下,放得开,看得准,失得安,活得透,走得畅。活在当下。

——君也!

Endure wickedness, take the situation, let go, see well, have peace at a loss, live through it, go smoothly, and live in the moment.
— Gentleman

如果不懂,就说出来,如果懂了,就别说,笑笑即可。

——知音也!

If you do not understand, say it, but if you understand, do not say it, just smile .

– Companion!

人和人,别说配不配,一块钱的打火机也能点着一万块钱的香烟。

几万块钱的一桌菜它还是离不了二元钱一包的盐。

Two people’s effect on others are never the same: a cheap lighter can light ten thousand dollars of cigarettes,

But tens of thousands of dollars for a table of food is worth nothing without a dollar for a packet of salt.

如果你的生活以金钱为中心,你会活的很苦。

如果你的生活以儿女为中心,你会活的很累。

If your life is centered on money, you will live bitterly.

If your life is centered on children, you will live tiredly.

如果你的生活以爱情为中心,你会活的很伤。

如果你的生活以攀比为中心,你会活的很苦闷。

If your life is centered on romance, you will live hurt.

If your life is centered on comparing yourself to others, you will live unsatisfied.

如果你的生活以感恩为中心,你会活的很善良。

如果你的生活以知足为中心,你会活的很快乐。

If your life is centered on thanksgiving, you will live well.

If your life is centered on contentment, you will live happily.

如果你的生活以宽容为中心,你会活的很幸福。

If your life is centered on tolerance, you will live happily.

This article was translated from the original Chinese from 2017-06-28 好风水.

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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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 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.

 

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