Reading is the unique priority for the educated. Read books, you are to be given self-restraint. That can be a big and desirable step for me to move.
I learned two literary quotations while reading. One is called Fuqiao Zou Tianxia.That is to take scabbards to search for the very right sword. I ask myself why scabbards, the plural form and sword, the single form are used here. My understanding is that more preparations will bring you more opportunities to make it! So in my class meeting I encourage my students to try to achieve more A* for A-level curriculums of A2, As, further mathematics, physics, chemistry, economics and 8 points for IELTS. When we are ready after hard work, we set out for the bright sharp golden sword---Cambridge University!!! This is why we should make many scabbards for one sword. And this is called let’s wait for the best time to take actions.
The second literary quotation is to sing high praise for Zhouyu. It is well-known that he was not only a famous militarist but also a talented musician. He enjoyed drinking while listening to others performing musical instruments. But he could tell a tiny mistake made by the performer even when he was totally drunk. Look, he would not jump to thunder. He chose to turn back and take a look. Zhouyu is the one I should learn from because he knew how to deal with the embarrassment! He knew the proper way to point out the fault.
So comes the first understanding: You are not reading books but the world.
One day in 1858, Charles Darwen announced his paper on biological evolution. Nobody present thought it was interesting or attractive and at the end of thes ymposium the chairman wrote something down as below. Nothing important happened today!
My understanding for this is: no rush, just keep on with the duty. Pay more attention to the course, not the result! One day in the future achievement can be witnessed.
Everybody is familiar with the myth called Journey to the west. The question is whether you noticed what Tang Monk would say whenever he met someone. He would say that he was Xuanzang from the east and went on pilgrimages to India for Buddhist scriptures. Even the Tang Monk knew who he was, what to do and where to go. It was these three sentences that he repeated all the way to the west to encourage him for the guidance!
Similarly, our international department calls on the students to review the three questions that who I am, what to do here and how well I behave today!
Now comes the Chinese old fable. One day an owl came across a turtledove. The turtledove asked the owl where he was moving. The owl replied that he would move to the eastpart of the village to avoid being disgusted by the villagers. He added that they did not like his hoot. The turtledove expressed his own opinion that it would be ok if he could make a change of his hoot. If not, no way.
What impressedme most from the fable is that I won’t learn from the owl. To adapt myself to the surroundings is all I can do. That is always to enrich myself, improvemyself and discipline myself. Try my very best to be a man whose class is to be admired, whose work is to be accepted, whose words are to be enjoyed, whose deeds are to be moved, whose moral quality is to be recalled, whose humor is to be pleasing, whose thoughts are to be taken.
Learn to be a teacher firstly to teach, then to instruct the students and it is better to help them to absorb what they hope.