Blessings in China

Some foreigners are astonished at, and puzzled by, the myriad things that some Chinese, especially older ones, have never experienced. I am in awe of the Chinese who brave new experiences and immerse themselves in change with child-like abandon.

Ms Yue
rode on a plane for only the second time in her life and had her nose pressed to the window the entire time like there was a Xmas display on the other side–I suspect there was…

I remember going with her and another teacher to see King Kong in a big screen movie house. I learned later that it was her first time, at age 45, to see a movie indoors. She was mesmerized and would not take her eyes off the screen even to ask the question: “Is this real?”

This week Candy, an assistant in our International affairs office, went on vacation to Canada and America for the first time. She is 24 Years old and has lived most of her life in Macau. I had wrongly assumed her to be more “westernized” and was entranced by the diary she kept of first-time activities, foods and places that particularly thrilled her on her journey.

Years ago there was a book entitled The One Minute Meditator” that gave you hints on how to celebrate and relax into events that we have become deadened to in our daily privileged routines. I have a renewed sense of life and good fortune courtesy of the fearless Ms Yue and Xiao Candy. Here are excerpts from her diary:

Foods:

Maple Syrup
Casserole
Root Beer
S’mores
Subway Sandwiches
Tap Water
Bratwurst

Things and Places:

An American Wedding
Sledding
A Snowball Fight
A Road Trip
Walking on a Frozen Lake
Taking a Sauna in a House
A Gas Station
Crazy Cars
Big Dogs
A Country Cabin
A Glow in the Dark Frisbee
A Big Sky
Ice Hockey
Carrying Wood for a Fireplace
Playing Old Maid
Seeing an Owl

Take a minute to meditate on your blessings….

by Lonnie Hodge at OMBW

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