最近學校於地下走廊位置加建了「薪火相傳」板，板內收集了不同屆別校友的近況，各校友於畢業後在各行各業大展所長、發光發熱及適時回饋社會，讓我感受到他們能珍惜並善用每一個時刻，能好好活在當下，享受真正的生命及人生。同學們，我很欣慰看見你們能承傳學長們勇於嘗試及樂於挑戰的精神，過去幾個月於各方面的學習及活動亦取得不錯的成果，例如：積極參與職業英語課程、利用VR (Virtual Reality 虛擬實境) 科技協助有需要的長者、積極參與各項社區義工服務、於開放日熱情有禮地招待來賓、積極參與朗誦及學界比賽並獲取佳績、於藝趣嘉年華展示自己多個月來的心血結晶及女童軍連奪七年優秀隊伍殊榮等等，你們積極及認真的參與，值得師長們的讚賞。我希望同學們於新的一年亦為自己定下目標，效法學長們的努力奮鬥精神，珍惜並善用每一個時刻；專注及堅持地做好所訂下來的目標，專心致志，心無旁騖，真正活在當下，相信最後得到的成果定必遠超你自己的想像。
3 January 2019
I was so busy at the beginning of each school term that it was not easy for me to spare any free time every day. However hard it was, I found that it was a must to calm down myself to reach the stage of ‘still waters run deep’. Not until December did I take a break during the vacation. I also made use of this spare time to do what I wanted to do. For example, I focused on doing chores and spent most of my time tidying up my bookshelves, through which I found my long-lost books and some of them were my most favourite. They included: ‘The Mind without Hindrance’, ‘Living in the Moment’ and ‘Heart Tilling’ written by Professor Lee Chack Fan. Each of them helped me relax myself from hustle and bustle everyday life through the concepts and values of Buddhism. To boost myself, I made up my mind reading through Professor Lee’s books!
Let me share with you a simple story with great wisdom: inside a hospital ward, there were two patients suffering from nose discomfort. While
waiting for the laboratory results, patient A said, ‘if I were diagnosed with cancer, I would go for a trip at once, read all Shakespeare’s works and become a student of Beijing University’; whereas, patient B had the same thought. In a while, according to the results, patient A suffered from nasal cancer, but patient B merely had nasal polyps. Hence, patient A drafted 27 items in his will. At the back of his will wrote: ‘in my life, I have many dreams. As time is precious, I don’t want to feel regretful before dying. Thus, I plan to fulfil my remaining 17 dreams within my last several years.’ Simultaneously, patient B was soon discharged from hospital after healing his nasal polyps. That year, patient A quitted his job and travelled to the places he had wanted. With amazing perseverance, he passed through the exams for adults and became a student of Beijing University. During this period, he actualized his dreams one by one. He was now publishing his book as his last wish. Overall, he was leading a meaningful life. One day, no sooner had patient B read a prose written by patient A than he rushed to ring him up and ask what he was doing. Patient A said, ‘Unexpectedly, I would have led a boring life had it not been for the disease. Because of it, I’m reminded to make the best use of my time and do what I want to do to actualize my dreams in the past. Not until now have I experienced a real and meaningful life. How’s your life?’ However, patient was too shameful to reply. As he understood that he did not suffer from cancer, he forgot everything and got lost in life. Every day, he led a meaningless life. This short story illustrates the importance of living in the present. Probably, it means that we should treasure every moment and focus on doing the right thing at the right time. When we focus, the outcome can be surprisingly good because of fewer distractions in our mind.
Recently, there have been the boards of ‘Passing On’ established along the corridor on the ground floor at school. These boards show the present situations of our alumni who develop their potentials in different fields and pay back to society. They are the walking examples of ‘living in the moment’ as they all make the best of their precious time and enjoy their living. I appreciate our alumni for their courage and spirit. In the few months, you performed quite well in every aspect of learning and activities. For example, you played an active role in Vocational English Program, assisted the elderly by Virtual Reality (VR) technology, participated in voluntary services, served our guests on Open Day enthusiastically, partook in Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival and achieved success, showcased your own work at Standard Chartered Arts in the Park and won the Best Team Awards for 7 years consecutively and so on. Your active participation is worthy of our teachers’ praises. I hope all will set your own goals for the coming year, learn from your alumni and make use of every moment; accomplishing the goals with focus and perseverance as well as living in the moment, you will achieve more than you can imagine.