I’ll keep it short. After working 7 days a week for the last couple of months. I so needed a break. I’ll use this summer break given to teachers like me to relax, to have a little fun and break away from mundane life. Hence, I’ll be out from here from August 1st to the 12th. Till then. Have a wonderful vacation. Hope everyone enjoys their summer season!
Dear friends and readers,
I’d like to use this page and share with everyone, from around the world and from all walks of life, this very inspiring award which was extended to me by beautiful person, an artist, a photographer, a writer, a blogger, and I’d like to call him a friend who inspired me a lot with his amazing photos, words of wisdom and gentle heart Mr. Ajaytao 2010.
Thank you. An award I deeply appreciated and cherished.
Please feel free to visit his page http://ajaytao2010.wordpress.com/
As for my nominations, here are the beautiful souls!
1. My oldest blogging mates ~ pacificparatrooper (http://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/) , retireediary (http://retireediary.wordpress.com/) and ipledgeafallegiance (http://ipledgeafallegiance.wordpress.com/)
3. TO ALL MY FOLLOWERS, old and new, readers, passersby!
As the Dalai Lama once said:
“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.”
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
Education is one of the most important thing one can ever have. The higher the attainment, the better. In fact, I believe it is one of the most valuable asset anyone could achieve. Where there’s education, there exists a teacher as well as a learner. The idea of a teacher is universal such that a teacher can be our parent, our siblings, a teacher by profession, a friend, a colleague or an acquaintance. And a learner is anyone willing to grasp knowledge at hand and for some, anyone willing to learn as much as possible.
Learning is a never ending journey. The day we stopped learning, is the day we’re out of breath. Learning is also a two-way process as we are all familiar with. We’ve heard it a hundred times and perhaps even a thousand times that to be able to learn, one must know how to listen and perceive.
On the other side of the coin is teaching. Teaching for many people is just an employment, a source of income, a source of livelihood. And I wouldn’t lie. I was definitely, I’m one of those people whose apprehension of teaching is alike. And I don’t wanna sound so prim and proper, so dignified because at the beginning of my teaching experiences, I wasn’t so honorable. I taught because I had to earn a living, I had to have financial source. It was merely a job I have to do for money.
But as time is my witness, I have began to love teaching. I started feeling emotions so strange for me at that time. I learn to care for my students. I learn to encourage and little did I know, I began inspiring students. One that started as a need slowly turned into passion. I look forward to instilling optimism, dreams and goals among my students. I began to enjoy teaching more than I have ever imagined.
And one day soon, I received a letter, then comes few more and before the end of every semester I get bunch of letters full of words of appreciation. Imagine the emotion I felt, tears of joy!
Note: This is a letter from one of my students in the college. When I came to China to teach English, there arose various challenges from language barrier, to misunderstanding, cultural difference and a few others. But along the way, it taught many things as well. Communication is the key.