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There is one poem I would like to share with friends:                                                                                                                                

        ***The Width of Life***                      生命的宽度

你不能决定生命的长度,但可以改变它的宽度;
你不能改变天气,但可以改变心情;
你不能改变你的容颜,但可以拥有笑容;
你不能改变别人,但可以掌握自己;
你不能预测明天,但可以利用今天;
你不能使所有的事情完美,但可以让它们更好。

 
 You can not decide the length of your life,
but you can control its width.

   You can not change the weather,
but you can adjust your mood.
   You can not change your looking,
but you can have smiles.
   You can not control other people,
but you can master yourself.
   You can not predict tomorrow,
but you can take use of today.
   You can not have everything be perfect with you,
but you can try to make everything better.

    

My Blogs         (1)  English        www.acupuncture999.blogspot.com

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Quotation:
"To be nice, even happiness not yet come, the disaster has been far away from you.
 To be evil, even disaster not yet come, happiness has been far away from you."

My Motto:  Road Toward Happiness  

                            自己的座右铭: 幸福之路      “明智知己,尽力所为,知足常乐。”                                                                               
   Be Wise,
   Know Who You Are,
   Try Your Best to Do What You Can,    
   and Be Satisfied With What You Have.
     
   (5/30/2003)


My Son, Roy Yun Guan, nickname Tie Dan'er (iron ball), born in 2002 in USA, the year of horse.

He is a surprise,
he is a gift,
he is a treasure,
he is our future,
he is our happiness,
he is the sun ,
he is the moon,
and he is everything of us.

We love him, all of us love him.

He started to walk at 11 months old, just like his sister.
He started to say words at 1.5 years old.
He could express himself at a little over two years old.
He is a happy boy.
He is smart, independent, funny, and maybe a little bit stubborn.

His preschool:         McKinley Elementary School (SB)
His kindergarten:     Citrus Glen Elementary School (Vtra)
His first grade:        Portola Elementary School (Vtra)
His Second grade:   Mound Elementary School (Vtra)

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My daughter is born in the East, where the Sun rises.

My son is born in the West, where the Sun sets.
My wife and I are going to be :

A rainbow connecting the East with the West

And a bridge, cross over the Pacific Ocean

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My Daughter, Xin Guan, the meaning of her name is "taking care of ...."
She was born in 1989, the year of snake.

When I was in Botswana, Africa, she wrote me a letter in Chinese with a poem. I tried to translate part of it here:
"Dad, I wrote a poem, it is really written by me. I do not know if you like it.

<**A Dream In Spring**>

The peach trees are blooming in the spring,
The catkin as if silk braid is hanging on the weeping willow,
Missing father so badly and longing for family reunion,
I don't know when we can meet.

Gazing at the moon last night,
I suddenly felt the moonlight spraying over my face,
Tears dropping like silk thread down to the ground,
Daughter's heart is linked forever with father's.

Xin Xin
(4/14/2000) "

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This is a paragraph from her letter to me:
"I have been thinking of you every hour and every minute. I have never been calm in my heart since you left. I always felt that something is lost. Every time when we had our meal, you always sat at the chair on the corner. But now there is only my clothes piled there........" (10/1998)

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Xin also wrote an essay for her history class, and I and my wife was amazed by her expressions, her language skills and her thoughts. She is in the US for only 4 years. The following is her writing:

A Decision of My Heart
~ The Story of an Immigrant

" I wanted to change and to experience a different life for me and my family. So I followed the decision of my heart." Our protagonist is a Chinese immigrant who made a decision that would later have a tremendous impact on his life. Approximately six years ago, he left his beloved family in China and went on a rigorous adventure with an indefinite outcome.

It was not an easy decision to make because it would mean to leave everything behind and start over again. Except that he wanted a change in his life and he is determined to search beyond the boundaries to found his future destinations.

" I wanted to help my family. " He was born in Shan Dong, China about thirty-six years ago. He was designated as a farm boy without a future other than being on the farm. Nevertheless, he made his first valuable decision by working twice as hard as the city children and ended up going to university in Beijing, the capital. Moving from the countryside to the city was a considerable change for him but his intelligence and courage took him to this day. He graduated from the most eminent medical school and took his degree in oriental medicine. His dream was to become a doctor and heal those who suffer from pain.

" I wanted a new life." After working in the medical field for more than a decade in China, he became aware of the increasing rate of competition going around him. He also noticed that his work and life " had gotten to the point of no change " and he still hasn't fully brought out his latent potentialities. After a short time of observation, he understood that it is time to make a decision. It was either to stay in China and being the same position for the rest of his life or to depart to somewhere that he could continue to expand his range of intelligence.

Once again, he made an important decision by following his heart and immigrated to Botswana, Africa where a student of his is currently working even though he wasn't permitted from his office.

" Among the time that had passed from traveling, I never felt alone because of the gift my nine-year-old daughter gave me – a dolphin necklace that was filled with love." No matter how hard he tried, Africa didn't turn out the way he hoped it would be. It wasn't a place that he would want his family to live in permanently. There were too many people dying from AIDS (up to 30-40%) and the education system was definitely not up to his standards.

Because of this fear and discontent, he decided to move to America (Canada was actually his first choice but the warfare in South Africa prevented him from getting the visa), the "ideal" country for everybody who wants a better life. He also had an advantage over the others because he could speak English very well.

"I'm glad I came [to America] because I got to a place where everybody wants to be. I feel like I accomplished something." He expected a better life and education system for his family and a career for him to demonstrate his potentials. His expectations came true once he settled his foot in Santa Barbara, California ~ the most beautiful city in the U.S., and got a job downtown.

Despite his success however, some matters are still unsatisfying for him. Materially, he has almost everything he needs. But spiritually, he experiences the difficulties of adapting to the culture and environment. " Nothing's perfect," he said and he's probably right.

This could be the end of this written document but it is definitely not the end of the protagonist's adventure. His life would go on and there would be hundreds of other decisions for him to make as long as he follows his heart without hesitation and chooses what he think is right despite other's disagreement. Every one of us is capable to make decisions just like him but we may not have the same courage to violate the old traditions and pursuit our own desires.

When we were young we always wished for what we couldn't get, sometimes as impossible as the moon in the sky. As we are growing up, life seems much more complicated than just 'playing house'. We often see grown-ups fight each other for freedom and opportunities yet we don't really know what they meant. Life is like a battlefield. If you already confirmed your goal for the future you have to act fast in order to get what you want. Otherwise, opportunities would be like the tail of lightning, vanished before you could catch it.

In conclusion, an adapted country may offer more opportunities and freedom than others but they don't necessarily have the fulfillment you need morally. Your home country is where your culture and heritage is and it would be the place that you want to go back to when you are older.  (END)

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