"CC, work hard!"
I ran into one student who was in my course last
year. Knowing that I have been working on rank promoting, she said to
me while waving bye-bye, "CC, work hard!" I know it would
be weird to make such a statement in English, particularly to a professor.
But, you know, in Chinese, or perhaps for me personally, it is a statement
of great encouragement. It clearly shows her love and concern. I have
gained a lot of strength from her and other students who send their
love and encouragement in each of their own ways. I want to make a note
here to remind myself that I have their support behind me. (December
I came back to Taipei during January 2002 after
8 years of graduate student life in Bloomington, Indiana. The experience
literally changed me from inside out! During the first few months in
Taipei, I was not used to everything at all. It felt like floating over
the sky all the time, because I was not a part of the environment. With
God's grace and everybody's help, I am now feeling much like a fish
swimming happily in her perfect ocean. Many wonderful things have happened.
Home coming was not bad at all!
My favorite scripture 最喜歡的聖經經文
(Philippians, 4, 4-8) "Rejoice in
the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be
known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to
God. Then, the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will
guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy
of praise, think about these things.
My favorite sources
of inspiration 最喜歡的靈感來源 --
The Catholic Calendar Page http://www.easterbrooks.com/personal/calendar/index.html
Joyce Meyer http://www.jmministries.org/
The AmericanCatholic.Org http://www.americancatholic.org/
Dr. Charles Stanley http://www.intouch.org
Dr. Robert Shuller http://www.hourofpower.org/
Daily Guidepost http://www.guideposts.org/
My favorite writing
by Mother Terresa
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered,
LOVE THEM ANYWAY
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
If you are successful, you win false friends and true
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow
DO GOOD ANYWAY
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY
What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight,
People really need help but may attack you if you help
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY
Give the world the best you have
And you will get kicked in the teeth
GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU'VE GOT ANYWAY
(Page 185 of Mother Teresa: A Simple Path,
by Lucinda Vardey, 1995. New York: Ballantine Books.)
My favorite music
musicians help me focused when I do my work --
My favorite ice cream
(I know. It is boring!), particularly Ben & Jerry World's Best Vanilla,
but the dioxin
My favorite pastime
Just a Few of My Buddies
- Cooking for friends - I am currently famous for Mushroom
Chicken! You have to come and try it sometime.
- Taking a long walk with friends in the nature
- Quilting - well, I am STILL learning.
(in alphabetical order of course)
- My coffee-and-bagel buddy -- Gloria
(Gloria inspires me to develop enthusiasm toward serious research.)
Update -- Gloria is going to have a baby this month!
- My new mentor-- Grace in Soochow Language Center.
I am learning from her how to be an excellent practicing educator.
- My passionate friend and church buddy -- Irma
(Irma teaches me to have passion toward life and genuine love for everybody.)
- My all-weather friend (rain or shine) and church
buddy -- Joanne (Talented
in every area! A great teacher! Lots of depth and fun, at the same time!
She teaches me to appreciate everybody (including strangers) and every
moment (even when things get tough). Joanne's confidence and trusting
spirit are very inspiring too.
- My super-woman friend -- Karen
(Karen's fearless spirit is definitely admirable!)
- My walking buddy -- Mei-yun (I am learning
how to develop my strength steadily and quietly from her.)
- My virtual dissertation buddy -- Monica
(I have never met Monica yet, but we have been writing to encourage
each other every week since March 2000. As a Chinese, Monica writes
very well in English. I am learning how to express genuine care through
writing from her.)
- Last but definitely not least, my husband --
Michael (Nobody is as supportive as a husband as my dear Michael! I
am a better person just to stand by him! I learn from him not to force
my ways through life, but in all things do my very best. Photos
taken when Michael became the director of his office in the beginning
of 2001. )
- And many many more wonderful people in my life...
I appreciate them all and I am very proud of each one of my buddies!
On this page, you see...
My favorite scripture
My favorite sources of inspiration
My favorite writing by Mother Terresa
Dr. Chin-chi Chao