A Story of Change

 

change poem

This story (below) inspired me to write the above ‘poem’.

I hope it inspires you to change, for the better and for good. 🌱🙂

Yes, I’m Changing

*正在改變的自己*

Not at all easy, but worth trying.
這並非易事,但仍值得一試。

A friend of mine turned 68.
I asked him what’s changing?
He sent me the following lines.

有位朋友過了68歲,我問他有何改變?以下是他的回文。

Yes, I am changing.

After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, my friends, now I have started loving myself.

喔!有的,我正在改變。
以前我愛父母,手足,配偶,孩子,朋友,但現在我已開始愛我自己。

Yes, I am changing.

I just realised that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.

是的,我正在改變。
我才瞭解到,我不是阿特拉斯(註),其實我扛不起整個世界。

Yes, I am changing.

I now stopped bargaining with vegetables & fruits vendors. After all, a few dollars more is not going to burn a hole in my pocket but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.

是啊!我正在改變。
我不再跟賣菜和賣水果的小販討價還價。多付幾塊錢對我沒什麼影響,但有可能幫這個窮人存下他女兒的學費。

Yes, I am changing.

I pay the taxi driver without waiting for the change. The extra money might bring a smile on his face. After all he is toiling much harder for a living than me.

是的,我正在改變。
付計程車資時我不再等著司機找零錢,給他點小費或許會換來一個微笑。畢竟他為了生計比我辛苦多了。

Yes, I am changing.

I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. After all, the story makes them walk down the memory lane & relive the past.

是的,我正在改變。
我不再對老人家說,這個故事你已講很多次了。 畢竟這個故事讓他們重拾回憶,重溫往事。

Yes, I am changing.

I’ve learnt not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. After all, the onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.

的確,我正在改變。
我已學會了不再糾正人們,即使是他們的錯。
畢竟,讓每個人都完美,並非是我的責任。能讓事情和平完美更值得珍惜。

Yes, I am changing.

I give compliments freely & generously. After all it’s a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me.

是的,我正在改變。
我自由且大方地給予讚美。畢竟這不僅讓對方心情變好,自己也受益。

Yes, I am changing.

I’ve learnt not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. After all, personality speaks louder than appearances.

是的,我正在改變。
我學會了不要為我襯衫上的摺痕或斑點而煩惱。畢竟,人格勝於外表。

Yes, I am changing.

I walk away from people who don’t value me. After all, they might not know my worth, but I do.

是的,我開始在改變。
我遠離那些看不起我的人,畢竟他們不知道我的價值,但我卻清楚知道。

Yes, I am changing.

I remain cool when someone plays dirty politics to outrun me in the rat race. After all, I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.

是的,我正在改變。
當有人玩弄骯髒的政治,讓我在老鼠賽跑中失敗時,我保持冷靜。 畢竟,我不是老鼠,而我也不在任何一場比賽中。

Yes, I am changing.

I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. After all, it’s my emotions that make me human.

是的,我正在改變。
我正在學習不要因我的情緒而感到尷尬。畢竟,情緒讓我感到自己是人。

Yes, I am changing.

I have learnt that its better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. After all, my ego will keep me aloof whereas with relationships I will never be alone.

是的,我正在改變。
我已學會了不要為堅持己見而破壞了關係。畢竟,自我會讓我孤身一人,而人際關係讓我永不孤單。

Yes, I am changing.

I’ve learnt to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last.

是的,我正在改變。
我已學會把每一天當成最後一天。畢竟,真的有可能是最後一天。

Yes, I am changing.

I am doing what makes me happy.

After all, I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to me.

是的,我正在改變。
我正在做讓我快樂的事。畢竟,我有責任讓自己快樂,這是我對自己應負的責任。

(from a chain message I recently received on WeChat, hence the chinese and english translations 🙂)

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