A friend who lost an arm and a leg – 失去一条胳臂和一只脚的朋友

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A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco. “Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring home with me.”

“Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”

“There’s something you should know.” the son continued, “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”

“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”

“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.”

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him.

A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide.

The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son.

They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

Moral of the Story…

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are.

Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are.

Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, not as you think they should be, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!!!

Take time to think about this…….

[source: http://www.citehr.com/121018-pls-do-read-very-touching-story.html]

 

Chinese version:

  这是一个甫自越战归来的士兵的故事。他从旧金山打电话给他的父母,告诉他们:“爸妈,我回来了,可是我有个不情之请。我想带一个朋友同我一起回家。”

  “当然好啊!”他们回答“我们会很高兴见到的。”

  不过儿子又继续下去“可是有件事我想先告诉你们,他在越战里受了重伤,少了一条胳臂和一只脚,他现在走投无路,我想请他回来和我们一起生活。”

  “儿子,我很遗撼,不过或许我们可以帮他找个安身之处。”父亲又接着说“儿子,你不知道自己在说些什么。像他这样残障的人会对我们的生活造成很大的负担。我们还有自己的生活要过,不能就让他这样破坏了。我建议你先回家然后忘了他,他会找到自己的一片天空的。”

  就在此时,儿子挂上了电话,他的父母再也没有他的消息了。

  几天后,这对父母接到了来自旧金山警局的电话,告诉他们亲爱的儿子已经坠楼身亡了。警方相信这只是单纯的自杀案件。于是他们伤心欲绝地飞往旧金山,并在警方带领之下到停?间去辨认儿子的遗体。

  那的确是他们的儿子没错,但惊讶的是儿子居然,只有一条胳臂和一条腿。

  故事中的父母就和我们大多数人一样。要去喜爱面貌姣好或谈吐风趣的人很容易,但是要喜欢那些造成我们不便和不快的人却太难了。我们总是宁愿和那些不如我们健康,美丽或聪明的人保持距离。

  然而感谢上帝,有些人却不会对我们如此残酷。他们会无怨无悔地爱我们,不论我们多么糟总是愿意接纳我们。今晚在你入睡之前,向上帝祷告请赐给你力量去接纳他人,不论他们是怎么样的人;请帮助我们了解那些不同于我们的人。

[source: http://www.banbijiang.com/yipingushi/5132.html]
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农历正月十五元宵节.The Lantern Festival

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元宵节,是中国民俗传统节日

正月是农历的元月,古人称其为“宵”,而十五日又是一年中第一个月圆之夜,所以称正月十五为元宵节。元宵节的习俗在全国各地也不尽相同,其中吃元宵、赏花灯、舞龙、舞狮子等是元宵节几项重要民间习俗。

元宵节也称灯节,元宵燃灯的风俗起自汉朝,到了唐代,赏灯活动更加兴盛,皇宫里、街道上处处挂灯,还要建立高大的灯轮。随着时间的推移,元宵节的活动越来越多,不少地方节庆时增加了耍龙灯、耍狮子、踩高跷、划旱船扭秧歌、打太平鼓等传统民俗表演。这个传承已有两千多年的传统节日,不仅盛行于海峡两岸,就是在海外华人的聚居区也年年欢庆不衰。
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An endless journey by CJ

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An endless journey by CJ

An endless journey by CJ

“The birth of a man is the birth of his sorrow. The longer he lives, the more stupid he becomes, because his anxiety to avoid unavoidable death becomes more and more acute. What bitterness! He lives for what is always out of reach! His thirst for survival in the future makes him incapable of living in the present.”
-Chuang Tzu

一个人去工作的时候,早上经过了一条河。放工后,又经过了那一条河。他和朋友说,他一天经过那条河两次。其实,所谓的河,是不断流着的水所形成。放工后,那人所经过的河,还是流着一样的水吗?

相对于河水,当我们观察周围的一切,它们都不断地变化:地球的转动、地核的波动、空气的流动等等。一切物品也慢慢的变旧、变坏,再被从新循环生产,变成新的物品。身边的人也是如此,健康变病弱,也可能再好转,还有人们性格、情绪、爱好等等,都时时地再变。一切都是我们的执着,认为一切都是永恒,痛苦就产生了。

人生其实也是没有起点和终点的路途,并不是出生的时候为生命的开始,停止呼吸的时候为结束。从当代物理学和物理学的角度出发,我们的生命体本就处于每时每刻分散离聚德运动变化之中,幻生幻灭,只不过我们习惯性的把它执着为一个粗大的,可以稳定存在的连续体。

就我们的生命来说,经历了不断的变化。生命的之前一个当下,我们的生命现在的当下正处于分散之后的从新聚合。相对于之后的一个当下,我们的生命又正处于从聚合走向分散。经历每一个当下,我们确实已经经历了一次生死,已经经历了一个轮回。

自己,就是意识到这个当下。当一个人对前一个当下的自己或之前的自己执着着,就会迷失自己。忘了活在这个当下的自己,就会不快乐。每一个当下,都是一个人生,都是一个自己。所以去学会改变每一个当下,当我们放下了这一个当下的爱欲执着,进而改变了自己以往的生活方式和人生态度的时候,我们的生命会发生灿烂的变化。

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Barbie Hsu Sticks Up for Animals

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Vegetarians Make Chicks Happy!

Vegetarians Make Chicks Happy!

What do you get when you cross a chick, a pig, and “the Queen of Beauty”? Four fabulous new ads featuring Taiwanese actor Barbie Hsu. The latest celebrity to pose for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia-Pacific’s vegetarian campaign, it’s easy to see why Barbie was recently crowned Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian. And even though she has played opposite a menagerie of hot actors in numerous films and dramas, from Meteor Garden to Corner With Love to the upcoming Summer of Bubbles, Barbie’s PETA co-stars are her cutest yet.

Why does Barbie feel so “connected” to her cuddly co-stars? Unique and fascinating animals, chickens are not that different from humans. Like us, they experience fear and pain.

And from the moment they are born to the time of their death, pigs, chickens and other animals raised for food are subjected to fear, pain and suffering on factory farms. Confined to dark, filthy warehouses, animals are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. They routinely undergo debeaking, tail-docking, and castration—all without any pain relief. At slaughter, many are scalded or dismembered while they are still alive.

“Animals are like my family, brothers, sisters and friends,” says Barbie. “We’re all equal. I love them all, that’s why I won’t eat them.”

I Love Animals, So I Don't Eat Them

I Love Animals, So I Don't Eat Them

Compassion Is Beautiful. Go Vegetarian! 爱素食

Compassion Is Beautiful. Go Vegetarian! 爱素食

I AM BARBIE HSU, AND I AM A VEGETARIAN

I AM BARBIE HSU, AND I AM A VEGETARIAN

What You Can Do: Take the Pledge to Go Veg!

Want to be like Barbie? Give us 30 days. Sign the pledge to ditch meat for a month, and we’ll send you an e-mail with our top tips on the best places to eat out, our favorite recipes, the tastiest animal-friendly snacks, and so much more.

[source: http://www.petaasiapacific.com/feature-barbie-hsu.asp]
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Lotus of Fortune Charity Campaign – 点燃慈善之灯

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Today I dropped by Mahkota Parade, Melaka and saw this wonderful campaign supported by Mahkota Parade and Seck Kia Eenh temple to give financial aid to the cancer patients. There were hanging written wishes on the wooden frame by the kind public to make wishes, at the same time giving a loving hand to the less fortunate ones.

Ah Too and I tossed some coins into the big lotus as seen in the photo below and made some wishes. May everyone be happy. If you happen to be there, kindly donate what you can.

Mahkota Parade is proud to support the Melaka Seck Kia Eenh Temple Cancer Fund, which provides financial assistance to cancer patients, regardless of race.

Open your heart and lend a hand to this good cause and donate what you can. You may also light up a lotus candle and place your wishes for the news year for a minimum donation of RM10.

皇冠百利与马六甲释迦院联手为癌症基金出一份绵力,提供病黎财务上的援助。愿大家慷慨解囊与响应。每捐RM10或以上,您可为自己在新的一年祈福点灯。

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发挥无私母爱‧母猪为幼虎哺乳

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母豬為幼虎哺乳

母豬為幼虎哺乳

(森美兰‧马口)扮猪吃老虎?还是扮虎吃母猪?都不是,原来是如假包换的母猪为幼虎哺乳。

这罕见的一幕出现在泰国首都曼谷的动物园內,被森州马身新村一对夫妇到那儿观光时看到,立刻以相机拍下这难得一见的画面。

由於今年是庚寅福虎年,母猪为幼虎哺乳这趣怪一幕,成为虎年伊始的奇闻。

拍摄到这一幕的游客黄金莲(49岁)说,她与丈夫在春节期间到曼谷旅游时,顺便到当地的动物园观光,当时他们看到一头大母猪在猪栏里睡午觉,一会儿,一只幼虎拖著蹣跚的步伐,步行到母猪身边伏下身便吮吸猪乳。

她说,幼虎吮吸猪奶时,母猪静静的躺著,任由幼虎吮吸,体现无私的伟大母爱,而小老虎吸了大约5分钟猪奶后,便满足的自行离开。

她说,猪和老虎生活在两个完全不同的世界,猪甚至是老虎粮食链的一环,而母猪却为幼虎哺乳,似有“以德报怨”的胸襟,可就不晓得小老虎长大后,是否还记得当年母猪哺乳之恩,继续能够与母猪和睦相处?

[source: SinChew Daily http://search.sinchew-i.com/node/501386?tid=1]

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