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#27 Pursuit of happiness

寻开心

各位和声人,

之前来过书院分享的黄秋生先生,在本年金像奖再夺影帝,获奖后他感谢亡母,并分享了她的一席话「人生很短促,唔开心就笨喇」。如何在短暂的人生里「寻开心」的确是一个历久不衰的课题。最近,一位友人不幸因病离世,当年他是为了能协助他的伤健好友享受水底世界的乐趣,就本着「自己又喜欢,又能帮助人,何乐而不为」的心态,花上数万元及差不多一年的时间考取潜水教练的专业资格。成为教练之后,他长时间为伤健慈善组织服务,义务教导伤健人仕潜水,让他们感受这运动的乐趣。在他的悼念册中,数量最多、最为人怀缅的,就是他与几位伤健朋友在色彩缤纷的海底世界中一同游乐的合照,那些照片渗透著的,是来自分享的快乐,是来自生命的美。我想,乐于分享自己所拥有的能力,为别人的生命带来多些色彩,不就是一个「寻开心」的好方法吗? 我们身处的地方,有不少社会问题,日坐愁城使人忘记生活之乐。但细看时不难发现其实背后还有很多为别人付出甚至牺牲受苦的人,正在用生命照亮他人。这个学期即将完结,同学们在计划暑期工作活动时,不妨考虑如何走进社会,分享自己的能力,为自己与别人带来多一点快乐。


# 学期都很短促

# Live for your eulogy


Pursuit of happiness

Dear Woo Singer,

The honourable guest of our recent high table dinner, Mr Anthony Wong Chau-seng, was awarded the Best Actor in the 38th Hong Kong Film Awards 2019. In the award-winning speech, he shared the wisdom of his mother “Live is short. It is unwise to not living it happily”. The pursuit of happiness is a lasting question. Recently, my friend passed away with illness. I still remember he spent several tens of thousand HK dollars and almost a year of time to became a diving instructor because he would like to accompany his disabled friend who loves the ocean to explore the underwater world. After becoming a professional instructor, he still volunteers in teaching disables how to dive, just to spread the joy and excitement of the sport. In his eulogy and memorial album, the most memorable moment that we all remembered was the time he led the disable divers to dive in the crystal clear water with colourful and lively coral. We can taste the joy of sharing and the beauty of life from those images. So I am thinking isn’t it a great idea to pursue happiness by sharing our ability and by helping others? The city that we are living has a plethora of problems that made us struggle and unhappy. But behind our ostensibly unfriendly faces, it is not difficult to find someone who is giving their best or even sacrificing to shine on others. The semester will end this week. Maybe it is a good time to plan for something in the summer to share your ability with those around you. If you do, I am sure you will feel happy too.


Best wishes,

Ellis Fok Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

Associate Dean of Student, Lee Woo Sing College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong