A very nice and touchy email from my friend...... (Hey you, so you know I'm talking about you)
Firstly, I am glad your computer is working again :-) As I had learned so long ago, "one is glad to be of service" :-)
Secondly, phoenix does rise out of ashes. Hehe... that's true, even though most of us do not have such a word in our name.
I love this quote: if dreams do come true, then what of our nightmares?
Once upon a time, I felt I was on top of the world. I was... maybe like that scene in Titanic... happy and elated to want to stand up and shout "I am the king of the world".
But, the difference of heaven and hell is actually paper-thin. Take our life. Change a thing or two. And that's all it takes.
I have a feeling... our true self lies beneath. Good times/bad times serve to help us learn about ourselves. The bottom line of that is... there is something wrong with that picture, how can we seem to be in heaven/hell just because of a little something?
Ok, so we are not blessed to be born to be "calm" at all times. Then it remains our tasks in life to find out how to be unflappable.
Perhaps it is like 修身養性... It is a lifelong project. When we laugh, we want that laugh to be true.
There is no shortage of wisdom already supplied to us. But we need to go through things, to discover its truth within us.
And so I had learned... every time I went through a bad time, I came out enriched. Enriched because a few more words now stir up a whole lot in me and I can connect to those few words. And with it, I see this world, with a bit more colors than before.
More often than not, it is incredibly hard. Emotion/mind isn't cold logic. Claims have no use. Bravados does no good. Emotion/feelings are truly magical - but if we are willing, in time, the magic will come. It always does. Because if it does not, we will stand up and find it :-)
I am not good with words. But, in a way, it is like "confidence" itself. Words are just words. To those who have profound resonance to the words, they know. They understand. Else, they just don't. *sigh*
In some ways, I had been through some. In fact, my tenure of looking after my kids is one dark storm raging on and on... But hehe, it is not the topic here... Whatever it is you are going through...
Remember, you are alive. You are "drawing" a colourful chapter in your life. And, it is a worthwhile time you remember and look back on. Life is better because of it.
I wonder at times... for those who never truly "feel" bad times... They probably never wake up one day to find out the colors all around us. They probably do not get in touch with life itself. And for that, perhaps they are like walking deads. Zombies. I don't know if that is good or bad. To go through years "empty". But "cursed" as I am, I rather be alive and suffer at times, if only so I can see the world more clearly.
Conventional wisdom has it, even in bad times, we need to find postitives in our circumstances...
So here is one for you... 青春不要留白 :-)
這位朋友從國中就出國，在歐洲和美國度過了青春歲月，有許多親身經驗和心情值得傾聽。他就是右邊連結 Gray 這位充滿愛的父親。