Hang on

One of my favorite quotes about achieving something great is from Thomas Edison –

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Indeed, I’ve seen many many smart, hardworking and capable people failed to achieve anything just because they decided to give up instead of hanging on.

If you’re a professional tennis player (of course, 99% of you are not), and if you have a chance to reach the final of Wimbledon (99.9999% of you will not), then you will see an inscrption above the entryway, before you enter the Center Court:

If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same

These two lines are extracted from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”; but in fact, the other few verses of the same poem pretty much described the same thing about hanging on:

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”

So, if you’ve been fed up with everything you see, got tired by the work day after day, felt hopeless after countless trying, or no one is willing to give you a hand … think again, and tell yourself “Don’t give up, never ever give up.”.

Don’t give up, because you know you can adapt to this crude world, because you will be full of power again the very next day, because you can make a dent to the universe one day and because someone around you will eventually help.

Hold on to what you believe; and hang on to your dream.
It’s never over, unless you give up.


Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional

I learnt this proverb for quite sometime, but not really appreciate the meaning behind it until three years ago … In year 2007 today I started the 49 days treatment of a serious heart disease, and every now and then I still ask myself whether it was just a dream or something really happened (for those who are fans of the movie Inception, you understand what I’m talking about).

Guess it will probably take me ages to accept such event really has taken place, even though I can see the 10-inches scar on my chest every day. And it will also take me a long time to complete the self-healing, in other words, to truely believe that I have recovered – such that I shall not treat myself as a patience / victim anymore.

The self-healing process has taken such a long time, I reckon, is probably because the six, seven weeks of treatment in the hospital was so painful, so disturbing and so discouraging that I wondered it would never end. However, with the support from family members, friends, colleagues and of course the doctors, nurses and staff in the hospital; I managed to complete the treatment in seven weeks.

Granted, it was painful, but I also learnt that suffering was optional – you need a positive mindset to go thru all the hurdles in life. So, be thankful to every sunrise, sunset and live your life to its fullest.



照片背後 – 背影



為了我們,我知道他放棄了很多嗜好,只能夠在發黃的照片中知道他喜歡跳舞,吹口琴。但當唱音機播出 The Platters,Johnny Mathis 的歌曲的時候,他就會閉上眼睛,就像返回了他年青的時候,陶醉地欣賞。




BGT 與 西九龍

BGT 就是 “Britain’s Got Talent”,一個甚受歡迎的英國節目。節目每集都由不同的歌手,音樂人,舞藝者競逐,而每季都能夠由有份量的表現者勝出。以前就有 Paul Potts,George Sampson 等等。

最新 2009 季度已經去到第四周,每星期都有驚喜,包括 Susan Boyle, Shaheen Jafargholi, Andrew Johnston。而第四周最好的比賽者應該係 Jamie Pugh。他唱得真的,真的很動人。。

令我奇怪的是這一些歌手的背景。Susan Boyle 是無業的(她全心照顧她的母親),而 Jamie Pugh 則是當日間司機,晚間送 Pizza。但是他們都選擇了著名音樂劇 Les Misérables 的歌 – 分別是 I dreamed a dream 及 Bring him home。從這一點可以了解到在英國每一個階層對音樂,藝術的投入及喜愛。

試想想,在香港有幾多人可以唱出一段經典音樂劇及粵劇?又有多少人欣賞舞台劇,舞蹈,音樂劇及粵劇?即使有很多擁躉,但是新一代都可能只活在 Internet,YouTube 裡。