【陳慧珊】有一種教育,叫學習做決定 (29)新一年的快樂計劃

2017-01-10


新的一年,原只代表一個自然現象:地球圍繞着太陽轉了一圈。

同樣的現象,每年新年都會出現一次;日復日、年復年、一代復一代,太陽升起、落下;種子發芽、生長;人的生命周期亦循環不息:出生、成長、繁殖、死亡。

人的智慧跟隨着大自然運轉,所以我們會知道午夜 12 時響起新年的鐘聲,而非11時58分。

人類亦很有創意,為迎接新一年的開始,以一個新年計劃作標記。

正如,我們在聖誕節會想起聖誕老人;生日想起生日蛋糕和許願;農曆新年想起利是和祝福一樣。

為何我們會選擇用特別的慶祝活動、儀式和許願來標記着我們生活上眾多的轉捩點?

為何我那只有 9 歲的女兒,亦會思忖着她的新年計劃?是不是小朋友亦像大人一樣,有重要的事情需要解決?又或者,小朋友是否亦在遵循大人灌輸給他們的生活模式和習慣而行?

真的沒關係,我們都只是想現實能變得美好;我們所有人都只是想擁有一個希望:事情能夠或將會變得不一樣。

即使我們相信我們是獨特而與眾不同的,但最令人驚訝的是,我們事實上全都一樣,我們有太多的共通點。

你的今天如我的今天;你的明天亦像是我的明天。地球上不同地方,可能只有幾小時日照的差距,但基本上,我們所有人的每一年,都由四季所組成;我們的人生都由昨天、今天和明天三個時刻所劃分。

但是,最特別之處是,我們怎樣看待自己的人生,就形成希望與失望之間的差別。

所以,即使你現為圖騰柱上最底層的人,曾只能向上望着更高的等級,但為了新的一天,請完成一個任務。要明白你今天所完成的,是為建立明天一切而鋪路;我們明天所取得的成就,將結合下一階段的進步,並邁向未來的世代。

或者我們會被現實和未來的共同定義所約束,但請以非一般的理想潤飾現實,勇敢並富想像力。

我們大部分人都已在遊戲中領先,我們現有已經足夠,因此實在沒甚麼值得擔心。

想像一下工蟻能舉起較牠們身體重幾千倍的東西;一隻母八爪魚有內在的力量,為照顧年幼的孩子,犧牲自己而餓死。

我們會意識到,沒有不能戰勝的恐懼;失敗中獲得的堅韌,是可以自學得來。。

即使春雨的力量被夏天周期性的乾燥所抵消;太陽的恩光被周期性的雲霧所遮蔽,但我們仍要努力,學習做得更好。

讓我們汲取大自然的力量、恩典和教訓。而大多數的事情,都是我們從幼稚園開始已經學會!

 

Decision Making is Educational

Happy Resolutions for the New Year

 

A new year is merely a natural phenomenon.  It is the result of one complete orbit of the Earth around the Sun. 

The same pattern of a new year happens again and again, day after day, year after year, generation after generation.  The sun rises and sets, seeds are sown and harvested, the human life cycle begins, grows, reproduces and passes. 

The wisdom of man follows Nature to ring in the New Year at exactly 12am, and not 11:58pm.

And the creativity of man has chosen to mark the new year with a New Year’s Resolution.

Just like we have linked Christmas with Santa Claus, birthdays with birthday cakes and wish-making, and the Chinese New Year with red envelopes and well-wishes.

Why do we choose to mark many of the turning points of our life with special celebrations, ceremonies, and wishes? 

Why did my daughter at the age of nine, wonder about her own New Year’s Resolution?  Do children have serious matters to resolve like adults?  Or are children just following the patterns and habits of life which adults have instilled on them?

Doesn’t matter really.  We all just want to know that realities can turn into ideals.  We all just want to have hope that things can and will be different.

Even if we like to believe that we are unique and different, the amazing thing is that we are really all the same.  We have so much in common. 

Your today is my today, your tomorrow is my tomorrow.  Perhaps with a few hours of variation in hours of daylight across the globe, but basically, for us all, our year is made up of four seasons, and one life is made up of three seasons: yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

The spectacular is in how we choose to view our life, which makes the difference between hope and despair.

So no matter if you’re the low man on the totem pole, look upward one rung at a time.  Achieve our mission for the day with the understanding that what we do today will build on what happens tomorrow.  And what we accomplish tomorrow will merge into the next level of progression…into future generations.

Embellish reality with the uncommon ideal.  Be courageous and imaginative, or we will be bound by a common definition of reality and future. 

Most of us are already ahead in the game.  Our existing is already sufficient.  So, there’s really nothing to worry about. 

Imagine worker ants who can lift thousands of times greater than their own body weight, or a mother octopus who has the inner strength to sacrifice herself to starvation in order to take care of her young.

And we will realize that there is no fear that can’t be fought.  And no resilience from failure that can’t be self-taught.

If the strength of spring rain is offset by its periodic summer dryness, and the goodness of the sun is offset by its periodic cloudiness, so is the strength and good of success offset by its periodic failure — so that we could keep learning to do better.

Let’s draw from the strength, goodness, and lessons of Nature.  Most of which we have learned since kindergarten!

 

作者:陳慧珊

 

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