3rd March 2021
Basic Life Skills (Part One)
I wish you all the academic progress and good health in the Year of the Ox!
The epidemic has lasted for more than a year, and face-to-face teaching has been suspended for a long time. This has indeed brought unprecedented challenges to teachers and students. Online learning has become the new norm for everyone, but most of the fabulous campus activities have been forced to cancel under this new norm, so it is believed that everyone feels very helpless.
Unhappiness in life is often a test in life. As "attitude determines height", a person's attitude is definitely a crucial factor in achieving great accomplishments. What kind of "attitude" do we need to deal with this epidemic?
I remember that Venerable Sik Hin Hung, school supervisor, once shared with us the "Basic Life Skills" for a successful life, including the four basic skills:
Devotion: Cultivate interest, enjoy the process, have ideals, and devote yourself to life.
Perseverance: Make up your mind first, you have to endure, go through trials, and achieve success.
Reflection: Need to know self-study, habitual reflection, distinguish right from wrong, and increase wisdom.
Kindness: Learn with an open mind, show care, live in harmony, and make good connections.
In the face of this ruthless epidemic, I would like to share with you the two qualities of "Reflection" and "Perseverance".
During the epidemic, you have more free time at home, so you may wish to reflect more and adjust your heart at the right moment to make yourself more perfect. The reason why a person keeps making progress is to let go of his own face, shoulder his own responsibilities, reflect on himself from his mistakes, find out his own shortcomings, and correct them. If we act indiscriminately, act only according to our own established thoughts and behaviors, and pass the wrong responsibility to others, no matter how many times we repeat it, the result will be the same. Students, daily reflect on your own gains and losses in learning and dealing with others, distinguish right from wrong. If you find that you have not done ideally in the past, you should adopt an attitude of correcting. If you have done it, you should try harder to improve more. I do believe you will grow in wisdom and succeed in future.
In addition, it is very important to hold the will to persevere under adversity. Students will inevitably encounter difficulties in daily life or online learning, and they will feel discouraged and frustrated. As long as everyone is brave enough to face it, rely on personal wisdom. , Perseverance and determination to complete every task silently, I believe we can also change our lives. I once heard a speech by a successful person. The content talked about "Perseverance" is: "Towards a long-term goal, stick to your passion, even after failure, you can still work tirelessly and treat life as a marathon instead of a sprint." Therefore, students must make up their minds before setting their goals. During the period, they may encounter many difficulties, but everyone must be patient and persevering, and don’t forget the original intention. Just like a marathon race, the journey is very difficult and it is easy to give up. Or the idea of withdrawing from the competition, but as long as you keep working hard to reach the end, you will eventually succeed. This kind of experience and test will surely benefit you throughout your whole life.
I wish all students to reflect on their own gains and losses during this period and to move towards the goals set by themselves with a persevering attitude, believing that success is in front of you. Cheer up!
Mr. So Ka Leung