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Friend (23) – Falling is Just Another Form of Dancing / 朋友- 跌倒又跳舞


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Road, it is born for us to tread on.  For a life time, we flatten and walk on it for countless time.  Yet, when it is uneven, we start to complain about it, and when we trip on it, we grumble on our own bad luck.
Yet, if you are lucky, you board the broad sunny way with pleasant scenery and you say, “well, I created my own road”.  Then, many a times, we step on mud, collide with stones, cross the tough Himalayas, go against the tide of the Atlantic.  And again, this is the time you started to question yourself on the road you are travelling.
The day I nearly slip and fell on a mossy floor along the corridor.  In the midst of panic, I felt I fell with a beautiful stance, and started to understand the fact that a fall can be swift, yet graceful and poise.
Life is filled with swiftly changes and it is a stage with ups and downs.  Rather than complaining it being slippery, why not help things along; have a dancing fall, slide out your steps with a spring, as Spring is not far away from us!

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路,它一生下来就被人踩,我们一路踩在它身上,一生一世不知来来去去走过几回。它一不平坦我们就抱怨连天,一打滑就怪自己运气不佳。

如果幸运的话,上了康庄大道,一路上风和日丽,景色怡人,你说路是自己走出来的。但很多时候事与愿违,很不幸地踩到的都是烂泥,碰撞都是石子,跨的是喜玛拉雅山,逆流的是大西洋。这时你又会不竟地问这是一条什么样的路?

那天我差一点在有青苔的走廊上打滑,慌张之余,感觉自己跌倒的姿势蛮美的,领悟出其实跌倒也要跌得优美,跌得韵味,跌得坦然。

人生舞台起起落落,与其埋怨路滑,不如来个顺水推舟,以跳舞的方式跌倒,滑出一个春天,反正春天离我们不远了。

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Friend (22) – Small vegetation / 朋友- 小植物


We often stop by the road, and notice small little plants piercing their way out from crack line or slit of wall.
The small vegetation can operate in a small corner of the sky, with a feeble body, in a harsh environment.  The struggling spirit is respectable.
We feel this resilient power in countless people.  As there is no overnight success, just like swaying from a bumpy sea, the myth of achievement often emerged from diligence and spirit of hard work.
While we look around in all places, we see people, especially the blue collar workers; day in, day out, they are able to work under harsh environment, at long hauls.  This proves that the small plant is not diminutive at all, as it has an attitude that is bigger than life itself!

我们在路边,墙缝或台阶都时常看到那些从细缝里钻出来的小植物。

小植物能够在小角落经营自己的天空,用柔弱的身体在恶劣的环境中以柔制刚,打造出一番事业,这种精神令人可敬。

我们可以在无数的人身上感受这种力量,勤奋以及一步一脚印的打拼精神。他们不是一夜成名的神话,而是在颠簸飘摇的海上走出来。

举目环顾周围的小人物,尤其是蓝领工人,能在这么恶劣的环境里工作,不就印证小植物那令人敬佩的生活态度吗?


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Friend (21) – My Silhouette / 朋友 – 我的轮廓


Today is not a fresh and awakening Monday morning, but when I look out the window, a shadow lands on the wall of the building.
It is the silhouette of the building where I stay.
Perhaps, we feel very insignificant compared to this big universe.  Then, leaving in a small space will indirectly affect our mindset.
This scene reminded me that I am living in a building other than a home.  Outside this home, there are more space with different views awaiting for you.
You can try to stay along the corridor way for a little longer, waiting for a neighbour whom you can speak with, or choose taking the stairs to experience the difference of ascending and descending.
In this scene, I found my friend, he is call “space”.
今天不是一个空气清新的星期一早晨,透过窗户,一个影子停留在墙面。
那是我住的楼房经过太阳的照射,投影在墙上的轮廓。
我们也许心里感到自己很渺小,比起若大的宇宙。老是呆在狭小的空间,会间接影响心灵的空间。
这一幕让我了解,我是住在楼里,不是家里,家外的楼还有很多可以移动的空间,在那里还有不同的景色等着你。
你可以尝试在公共走廊多呆一伙儿,看看有没有可以打交道的邻居。又或者选择走楼梯,爬上走下都有不同的体会。
这一幕我找到我的朋友,他叫“空间”。


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Friend (20) – FOC Tea / 朋友 -清茶


Brew a pot of tea with three Friends – Fragrance, Optimistic and Clarity.  Looking at each other speechless beats a thousand words.

My friend is FRAGRANCE, she came up with a surge of faint fragrance and gently caressed my nose, clearing my nose, and finally hook up with my mouth leaving my lips upturn and marks at the curve.

Your OPTIMISTIC persona makes me more certain that happiness is inevitable being your friend.  Your gentle body has the ability to bring one to another realm.  There is no doubt I am affected by your pure and optimistic nature.

Staring at each other, distinguish the precision between us.  Both our CLARITY reflections mirrored on our pupils.  The longer we stare, the more apparent the lucidity.  Till the tea sediment descended thus laid the meaning of Friends.

On the path to tea appreciation, I met my three Friends, they are on the FOC and yet they lead me to the course to good health, what can be more superior?

沏一壶茶,跟三位朋友;清香, 清乐, 清澈无言对望,胜过千言万语。

朋友清香,弄出一股幽幽茶香轻柔地抚摸我的鼻子,然后再清洗我的鼻腔,最后在我的嘴角边一勾,让他微微上扬,最终在我的嘴角上留下痕迹。

你乐观的样子,让我更肯定和你做朋友的人必然开心。你那轻轻的身体还能把人带去另一种境界,肯定是被你那清纯乐观的性格所影响。

我们互相对望,同时看到对方清澈的一面,对方的眼瞳里都出现对方的倒影。看得越久,看得更透,直到茶叶沉淀也奠定了朋友的意义。

一条品茶的路上竟然遇上三位朋友,不止免费,还赠送养生之道,何乐不为呢?


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Friend (19) – The Four Gentlemen


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plum flower (kind unknown) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Plum Flower

My Friend, there is a nation who feels proud of you.  Your unyielding nature makes you look even emaciated.  But lanky is not your name.  You are not afraid of the cold winter, but you are the first to bloom in spring.  The first gentlemen standing on the land dancing fearlessly with spring and a smiling gentleman, I called.

Chrysanthemum

My Friend, you do not mind lying next to the grave, and you do not mind associating with strangers soaking up in holy bath.  But you mind only if fall brings you the beauty of grief or sorrows.  With your haughty attitude in autumn, I do not ask for much.  As maple leaves died out all over the floor just for your tender face.

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Orchids, Bamboo and Rock, before 1740, by Zheng Xie (1693—1765). Hanging scroll, ink on paper. The Palace Museum, Beijing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bamboo

My Friend, your elegant, free and easy attitude whirling in the wind, bring a pause to my reminiscent for others.  But you are so modest, you do not forbid birds and landscape rivals with you on a manuscript and you give way to a painter’s inspiration.

A shot of an (Cymbidium - cultivar) orchid

A shot of an (Cymbidium – cultivar) orchid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Orchid

My Friend, you are infamous.  You uphold the title of a National Flower and people sing so well of your elegant glory.  What else do you lack of?  Your distinctiveness, wholesome and noble sentiments put you high up to the zenith.  Infact, with your independent personality, praises are to you only a title, but a pursuit in the eyes of others.


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Friend (18) – Nature


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English: Nice elderly couple with ear muffs Deutsch: Nettes aelteres Paar mit Ohrenschuetzern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An elderly couple emerged from the early morning mist.  Age in their 80s, sported in their usual casual wear, look washed out with the waves on their face.  Unlike their silvery white sideburns, their energy never slide.  The old man held a clutch in one hand, sustained by the old lady’s feeble arm on the other.  Both look so happy like the desirable cobalt blue sky.

This is my other Friend “Nature”.  He bestowed comfortable, warm and simple affection.  Though they are just a pair of strangers in my life journey, but their presence and silhouettes never ceased to be strangers in my mind.

Few years down the road, the sight is still in my mind so sharp and clear.  No exaggerated manners needed for set off, no gorgeous embellishment required to look good.

The elderly couple emitted fragrance so natural and rustic.  No pretentious smile, just healthy, serene and noble sentiments circulated with elegant simplicity!

With the presence overtaken by events, perhaps both are together in heaven, or perhaps they are still strolling in the early mornings.  But the message my “Friend” had left behind, makes me realized the wisdom of another life, sparkling with crystal clear insight.


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Friend (17) – Dream


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Mantis (Photo credit: Chausinha)

The afternoon sun brim over the church hall, through the space between the iron railed window grilles.  Looking out from the window covered with climbing morning glories, on the old brick wall parked a small mantis.

This mantis is so small and frail, he leaped while the wind blows, picking himself up over and over again against the wind.  This garden with a pond is surrounded with fragrant flowers enriched with fertile soil, conclusively with this little mantis who was injured through his fall but never succumb to his collapse.

Friends, your name is “DREAM”

Praying mantis

Praying mantis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With you, saplings thrive and sprout year after year.

With you, failure is no longer an easy compromise.

With you, the wings of a dream turn stronger.

With you, countenance of the youth loses its silhouette of frustration.  The forlorn feels warm in blizzard nights.

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