To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Monday, March 21, 2011

REUNITED with my former student

There were some plans in the past but it was hard of us to meet our schedules as my former Korean student is now working for an airline company which makes her schedule very unpredictable.

Finally, we've set the meeting today after eight long years! I was excited as she's really one of the sweetest students I had and I can still remember how she behaves and how affectionate she was and I have to see how  she has been after these years.

We decided to meet somewhere a subway station close to her hotel and I was so surprised she ran towards me while shouting my name as she saw me heading to her direction. She's still the same lovely student and a friend. It touched me, a lot ....seeing her again and it was beyond words how glad I was.  We headed to Black Canyon for a drink and then later to Waterside Resort Restaurant for dinner.

I've learnt her updates and her plans and all I can say is that I'm very happy for her. She's been married for two years and she's so beautiful in her wedding pictures. I was also happy hearing more updates from other students who were in the same class and they are all doing very well right now and have stable jobs in good companies.

This is a rare case for some to be reunited with old friends and truly time doesn't erase the memories we have and they are priceless. Today is a remarkable day and looking forward for the likes in the coming days. One lesson I learnt in the meeting, I have to make plans more seriously and go for those I really want to achieve. And I'm thankful with what I have right now and that's including where I am. To my former student, Rina. Thank you for keeping in touch and taking the chance for us to meet again. Until next time. :)

And by the way, I got a present from her. I love this! :)

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