Hello, everyone, now I am very happy to stand here and share with you something about life.
Life? What is life? what’s your opinion on life?
My dictionary defines life as “being alive” and “enjoyment”. “Being alive” means “being existent, but not being no more or committing suicide”. “To be or not to be”, that is, to choose to be alive or not is within our control; and to elect to live in a particular way is also within my power. Then, what is life as a kind of enjoyment? Please allow me to represent the short moments of enjoyment I had yesterday.
The first moment of sheer happiness came after I cleared up my dormitory, made it pleasing both to the eye and the mind and dressed myself up, to appear as delicate and elegant as possible. A second moment of infinite delight followed an uninterrupted day of academic study punctuated by singing for relaxation, . A third moment of great pleasure approached unnoticed when my roommates came back, noisy but happy, clamorous but joyous.
Yes, these are ordinary moments in my life, brief but beautiful, transient but excellent, fleeting but forthcoming. As far as I learn in my life, the more we can enjoy what we have, the happier we are.
It’s easy to overlook the pleasure we get from good health, the company of friends, the freedom to live where we like to, and the privilege of loving and being loved. The tendency, on the part of we who are physically strong and mentally sane people, to ignore the enjoyment of life reminds me of stories of disabled people who cherish a deep love for life. A good example in case is Helen Keller, who was deprived of both eyesight and hearing by a serious illness when she was less than two years old. Confronted with a tragic life full of seemingly insurmountable difficulties and hardships, Helen Keller had achieved incredible accomplishments with great courage, enormous perseverance and an ardent hope for the best, or, a deep love for life. Helen Keller’s story is delivering the message that, as long as you stir up a ray of hope in yourself and cherish a deep love for life, you will change your life for the better.
Then comes the key issue of how to cherish a deep love for life.
First of all, to cherish a deep love for life is to value our time. Our life is nothing more than our time. To kill time is therefore a form of killing yourself or committing suicide while we are easily shocked by death, or even the mere thought of death. We claim to spare no pains, no trouble and no expense to preserve life and cherish life, but we are too often indifferent to the loss of an hour or of a whole day, forgetting that our life consists of the days, the hours or the minutes we spend generously and carelessly. A day or an hour wasted is so much life as forfeited by Father of Time. Let us bear it in mind that wasting time is a crime as culpable as suicide itself.
Another point I’d draw your attention to here is that, to cherish a deep love for life is to pay due respect to life.
A cat may have nine lives, but a human being is blessed with only one life, too precious to be wasted or spoiled. By “spoiling the life”, I mean we should guard against going from one extreme to the other by denying ourselves any time to seek relaxation or release tension. In other words, we should balance our life between hard work to realize our life value and good rest to refresh ourselves and enjoy ourselves. As the saying goes, “all work and no play makes Jill a dull boy”. Enjoyment is a desirable and indispensable way to relieve the continuous strain, in life, and to regain and renew our unshakable strength, to go through our travel of life successfully and fruitfully.
These passing few minutes may be far from enough to illustrate why and how we should cherish a deep love for life, but the few minutes, as a continuous part of our life, must be more than we can afford to idle away.
At this moment, I’d like to say that I appreciate very much your kindness of sharing these few minutes fleeting in your life with me. And your attention paid to my speech has made these few minutes fleeting in my life more meaningful and my university life more colorful. Thanks for your listening.