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Dare you make this Change – a proposed ministerial nominee for the coming Singapore elections « Daring to Change April 20, 2011

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, Singapore.
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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:

想年轻 就年轻!

Think young and thou shalf be young!


很浪费时间

干嘛
买菜  洗菜
又煮菜
餐餐洗碗
多麻烦 !


Eating is a waste of time

Why waste it on

Buying food, washing them

& cooking them

After whish

the hell of washing follows

What a chore!

不如看书
做有意人的事情  更妙 !


Might as well read books

Do chores to benefit mankind  Such is a pure wonder!


只有爱人的宗教
没有别的
心清静
头脑只为为众生


She

Only harbors the idea of Love

Love is her religion

Nothing else.

The heart is at peace

And the mind is for humanity

切勿动干火!
因为
发脾气  浪费时间
伤害自己 伤害别人


Boil not your head

‘Cos

Fuming churns away your time

Harms yourself & others

不拿病人的钱
人家给她的钱
她全给其他穷人
交水电   房租
买粮食

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.

她从不浪费


照顾的人很穷,

所以
一定一样跟他们一样的穷


She never wastes

‘Cos

there are many poor people to take care of

That’s Why

she feels she needs to be as poor as them


她信仰是个‘爱’
永远爱世人 爱众生

Love

Is her mantra

Always love humanity, love all fellow beings

她投其四好:
存好心,说好话
行好事, 做好人
百年功绩
就在她 执着的博爱


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.

苦人太多,贫穷人太多
跟最穷的人一起往来
她的生活要比他们好,她的心不安
这是真的,不但自己心不安
穷人看了会怕;


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

必须过和他们同样的生活
跟大多数人打成一片
就是和平共处的苦心状举!


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.

If there were no age limit, I would really like to vote for Centenarian Hsu Chih as a minister. Perhaps a designated special post for her to serve as a life’s inspiration that there is always hope, faith and love for people who have a passion for life. I think its very meaningful. And she deserves it.

A minister is a respected leader who selflessly give to his / her people in action that is as solid as his/her words. Her almost 100 years of track record is nothing short of brilliance. Her humour belongs to some of the finest. Her tenacity is one of the toughest, for she stands by herself, for herself and for the people whom she used all to care and cherish. Albeit her age, she thinks clear, sees clear and hears very clearly. Perhaps a little slow now. But considering her heart is golden and her thoughts are pure; if there were a chance, she would be great mentor at the very least.

I truly admire her substance. Something that is grown over time in the sheer test of poverty and hunger; who shines and get noticed because people accidentally discovered her.

She is a definitely a national gem and I think we are very fortunate to have her ! — Karen Fu

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Dare you make this Change: Quick Excerpt of Life Lessons from Teresa Hsu Chih March 7, 2011

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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:

 

想年轻 就年轻!

Think young and thou shalf be young!

 


很浪费时间

干嘛
买菜  洗菜
又煮菜
餐餐洗碗
多麻烦 !


Eating is a waste of time

Why waste it on

Buying food, washing them

& cooking them

After whish

the hell of washing follows

What a chore!

不如看书
做有意人的事情  更妙 !


Might as well read books

Do chores to benefit mankind  Such is a pure wonder!


只有爱人的宗教
没有别的
心清静
头脑只为为众生


She

Only harbors the idea of Love

Love is her religion

Nothing else.

The heart is at peace

And the mind is for humanity

切勿动干火!
因为
发脾气  浪费时间
伤害自己 伤害别人


Boil not your head

‘Cos

Fuming churns away your time

Harms yourself & others

不拿病人的钱
人家给她的钱
她全给其他穷人
交水电   房租
买粮食

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.

她从不浪费


照顾的人很穷,

所以
一定一样跟他们一样的穷


She never wastes

‘Cos

there are many poor people to take care of

That’s Why

she feels she needs to be as poor as them


她信仰是个‘爱’
永远爱世人 爱众生

Love

Is her mantra

Always love humanity, love all fellow beings

她投其四好:
存好心,说好话
行好事, 做好人
百年功绩
就在她 执着的博爱


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.

苦人太多,贫穷人太多
跟最穷的人一起往来
她的生活要比他们好,她的心不安
这是真的,不但自己心不安
穷人看了会怕;


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

必须过和他们同样的生活
跟大多数人打成一片
就是和平共处的苦心状举!


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.

Teresa XuZhe-Woman of real substance August 10, 2009

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, faith, human quality.
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Woman of real substance

Woman of real substance

Teresa XuZhe didn’t know when she was born except the fact that she knew she was born in the year 1897. So she assumed the date of 7th July as her birthday since that was easy to remember. Somebody of her disadvantaged  background could beat all odds, despite with only basic education to become a learned scholar in her own right, clearly has the character clearer than the brightest diamond. She is a respected humanitarian and real scholar for us to learn from her passive but genuine keenness to do good for all.

I think she is one fine example of a woman of real substance. I feel that life has not treated her well enough.  But she has never disgruntled about her life being lackluster than most others both materially and immaterially. Neither did she complain of her loneliness in her silent pursuement in doing good for mankind– ranging from helping the homeless, the hopeless and to the dying who are much younger than she is. Compared with most urbanites especially women, she doesn’t ask for life’s material comforts. Many women would yearn for material needs and  usually do it at the expense of family. Her life overseas away from home was not a sweet one, which was with racism and bullying. Yet she held no grudge and love all the same. A rare humanitarian, an exemplar character, she performed her duties because she genuinely thinks its her calling. It wasn’t the type where being kind was ‘just a calling’ and looking for ‘world peace’ had to be in a loud shouting manner  for  all to know; but it was in a passive but powerful determination to do it all.And gladly so for most of her years in silence before we discovered her and her deeds in the last 10 years.

I am really glad she is still alive and is living for us to discover her. For many, charity has hidden agendas– either in the disguised name of fame ; or sometimesin the form of money/ tax exemptions. This BBM (public Service Award) is too little for her years of service for mankind at her own motivated will, which she gave to those who needed the love and care.

She is also a live example of what life would eventually reward a genuinely kind soul. She lives a life of no complex worry; neither does she harbor jealousy, hatred or greed in a changing world where deceit, hypocrisy and greed remains a strong force to be challenged with. I often wonder why she is unmarried? She should have. It reminds me of the many other kinds of women and men we have who have families which they cannot managed and a life in a mess of breakups with stranded and ill-behaved children. These people do not deserve a family where they actually taught their offsprings  to continue their ills in their lifetime. In that sense, I often wonder why life has not rewarded her a blessing that she deserves. I really feel she deserves far more and I genuinely wish I could give her something really good in return. I’ve not thought of anything as yet.

For now, all I can do is to post about her on the blog. I hope her humanitarian spirit could live on by simply passing a message around by her deeds. Life may not reward the very kind, but certainly it will punish the ill hearted and the greedy. Let this be a lesson learnt.

[picture taken from LianHeZaoBao 9 August 2009]

reference link

  1. https://daringtochange.wordpress.com/2009/01/08/our-national-treasure-teresa-xuzhe/