Dare you make this Change: Quick Excerpt of Life Lessons from Teresa Hsu Chih
Conincidentally, I just happen to write a lot on this centanarian heroine whom I really admire. I will paste the latest blog post here after this message. Additionally, I have other links of which I would like to share:
1.‘The Human Religion is Love’ Teresa Hsu’s 100 years of Simple Love beats Pretentious Theories.
2.Snappy Shots on Her Idea of Life
3.Our National Treasure -- 108 year old Humanist Teresa XuZhe
I just couldn’t resist taking the time to pick out the important lessons off from her talk when she received her commendation from Venerable Jingkong some 3 years ago. I may have missed a couple of points,but I think I have somewhat covered most of the pointers. I only have pockets of time to do this and I thought the best format would be in the form of a ‘poetry’. And I call this ‘Dare You Make This Change’ — Lessons from Hsu Chih. She is an extremely humble person, but I thought she’s got lots of cool factor that is humble yet gutsy; old yet young. Here’s my shot for the day:
Think young and thou shalf be young!
Eating is a waste of time
Why waste it on
Buying food, washing them
& cooking them
the hell of washing follows
What a chore!
做有意人的事情 更妙 !
Might as well read books
Do chores to benefit mankind Such is a pure wonder!
Only harbors the idea of Love
Love is her religion
The heart is at peace
And the mind is for humanity
Boil not your head
Fuming churns away your time
Harms yourself & others
Not taking patient’s money
Whatever money that is given to her
She passes it on to the poor
To pay for bills, rent
To buy food.
She never wastes
there are many poor people to take care of
she feels she needs to be as poor as them
Is her mantra
Always love humanity, love all fellow beings
She focuses on mainly four beliefs:
Keep a good heart, say the wise words
Do the good deeds, practice being a good person
100 years of achievements
lay on the principle of compassion.
Sad people are many, poor people are many
Mingle among the poor and interact with them
She feels uneasy when she is better than them
This is real: Not that she feels uneasy
The poor who sees the better off are uneasy
Henceforth the effort to experience the poor’s life
Be part of the majority
Such heartfelt emphathy is the foundation of peace !
– compiled in the stanzas in the middle of the night by Karen Fu…
Night All !
PS: The basis of peace formed by Teresa Hsu may be a tall order. If not almost impossible, but I believe that if we could move towards the basis of empathy in her direction, we would have sorted out a lot of problems in life. The essence of thrift, sharing and compassion could take us all out of misery that is stemmed out from jealousy, greed and poverty.