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THE UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES OF LIFE

2016-05-31 来源:未知 浏览量:170
Life can sometimes seem constrained by doubts and fears, indecision, and bad advice from others. It is easy to get enmeshed in the web of negative illusions. I was lucky enough to break free of this web three years ago when I was shown a different path as a result of my love of the guqin.
 
The guqin, a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family, has been in existence since ancient times. As a young teenager, I heard guquin music for the first time and was absolutely captivated by it. I felt like it existed just for me. The sound spoke to my soul, and evoked the heart of the Chinese culture. I decided there and then to learn to play this wonderful instrument and attempt to make people more familiar with this little-known music. However, I subsequently discovered that the complex fingering involved, and the intricate scores, made it one of the most difficult to learn of Chinese instruments.
 
When I told friends of my ambition, and the difficulty of the task, they scoffed at me and suggested that it would be impossible for me to fulfill what would seem an unrealistic dream. Impossible. That word kept rattling around in my head. I began to think that they were right. It was a formidable task. My enthusiasm began to dim.
 
Then one day fate stepped in, taking the form of an elderly lady who changed my life. It was during my time as a volunteer at the Nanjing Museum. I was responsible for introducing visitors to ancient Chinese history. I happened to be in the Jade Pavilion on my usual rounds when I heard a soft voice reading the inscription behind me. I turned to find it was a Caucasian woman with white hair. I was quite surprised by her easy fluency in the Chinese language. I came forward to introduce myself and have a conversation with her.
 
Her name was Sara, and she was from France. She explained that she had always been fond of the Chinese culture and wanted to learn the language in order to better understand it. Two years before, at the age of 70, she set herself the task of learning Chinese. Her friends had tried to discourage her as well, commenting that it was too complicated, and the tonal nuances would be hard to master. However, Sara believed in herself, and set to work. She watched Chinese television shows, practiced with Chinese overseas students, and read books every day. Now, at 72, she was extremely proficient.
 
She told me something that stuck with me: "Life is just like a magic box. You will find unlimited possibilities in it."
 
Sara's words served to light my way, as a lighthouse to a lost ship. I decided to open my magic box. For the next two years, guquin filled my life. My fingers hurt from excessive practice. Yet I learned score after score. When I felt discouraged, Sara's story reverberated in my mind, and served as the impetus to carry on.
 
By my senior year I was accomplished enough to perform in a school arts festival. I was not perfect, but the audience rewarded me with enthusiastic applause and I experienced a deep sense of satisfaction. I no longer doubted myself. My efforts had paid off, and fulfillment of my dream was within reach.
 
I had proven for myself that Sara was right. I could see that only the most courageous and determined among us dare to explore the unlimited possibilities of life. I am still on my journey toward gaining total mastery of the guqin, but I am now quite confident I will reach my destination.
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