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[生活記事] 咖啡館與我

最近與咖啡館結下了不解之緣。

來來往往的人們,談笑風生之間道盡人生。

悄悄地聆聽隔桌那閒話家常,深深地陷入旁人的劇本旁白。

信託專家:

這類Case我見多了!設置信託管理是不錯的解決方案。向您介紹兩類信託:積極信託和消極信託,依受託人是否積極管理或處分財產的義務。積極信託又分兩類:裁量和事務信託…。

(佔地利之便,順便將信託業務複習一遍。)
學生情侶:

女-以後可不可以開一間這麼典雅的咖啡店啊,你說好不好哈尼?

男-現在大環境景氣不好,連教授都跟我們說要忍受22K的薪資,倒不如我們找幾個同學合資創業,一起開間店!

(近期來也聽聞許多台大同學對創業躍躍欲試,各位勇於嘗試打破現狀的未來臺灣主人翁,加油打拚創造下一世紀的臺灣奇蹟!)
父母子女:

父母-我們每年會將220萬匯入你們戶頭,可以免課贈與稅。唉…我們辛苦攢來的錢,可不想因為大去之時被國稅局徵收10%的遺產稅啊!

子女-(緊握雙親的手,眼淚奪眶而出貌)父母實在太為我們子女著想了,從今而後一定會好好孝敬兩位老人家的。

(聽到這番對話,我不禁眼睛為之一亮。因為曾研讀臺灣稅法,聽這說法…莫非是稅務高手或是經高人指點過?XD)

說也奇怪,耳朵似乎選擇性地吸收資訊,所聞竟無不與商業相關。

於是焉,我低頭翻開美國CPA的第一頁法規,開始踏上準備會計師(註一)的漫漫長路。

點了一杯摩卡,巧克力與咖啡因的糾葛,濃郁的化不開。

註一:準備美國會計師執照,以期成為擁有多項專業的金融界人士。

[有感而發]近期市場-文學派說法

如果說,你是操縱市場的其中一員,你並不會感到罪惡的存在。當群眾心理學作祟時,一如納粹士兵,只有放任緘默和冷漠存在於成員之間。因為,原罪已被稀釋成了個人的無關緊要。調性不改,一夕之間成了桎梏世界發展和流動性的枷鎖。

[Editor]Hire Me! Develop 7 Stepping Stones to Success on Job

Hire Me! Develop 7 Stepping Stones to Success on Job by  Michelle Tsai

Face to face with NTUers who break into job market smoothly

Once in a year, Senior students in graduation gowns wandering through NTU campus, with the graduation ceremony looming around the corner, well-known enterprises open the door widely to the town of Azalea- NTU. It’s high time for NTU students to meditate on the most important lifetime issue after academic path nearly comes to an end. While gaze the seniors stepping out of the campus, what can be left behind for those students staggering in the campus, who are bewildered and perplexed about their future career, are tips that seniors emphasize on as a result of personal experiences.

To unveil the mystery behind successful cases, I took on the research and arranged interviews with senior schoolmates and alumni who recently graduated from NTU. The most required traits and abilities are revealed in the following report of 7 stepping stones to success on job.

  1. Take Courses Out of Compulsory Subjects & Inquire the Experienced
    “The gap between school and job will be the level of stress due to competition. When you’re still in school, people can tolerate your mistakes but not on job. As a result, read more books or take courses that are not positively relevant to your own professional field. Thus, you can get to know your bosses thoughts well-roundedly. In addition, prepare some questions you’re confused about and communicate with experienced workers in the field. You can gain a lot from these resources.” said Chen-Ze Lee.
  2. Join in Clubs & Attempt to Manage a Club Which Cultivate Leadership & Social Networking
    “Besides professional courses, you can join in clubs to learn other skills which are not core skills in your own department. What’s more, you can learn to smooth a conflict, communicate, negotiate and cooperate as a team.” said Yen-Ting Chen.
  3. Intern in Order to Broaden Sight & Better Understand Career Path
    “Enterprises put more emphasis on making profits instead of just reading materials on your courses. In the campus, there are fixed schedules arranged for students like summer vacation and semesters. In contrast, firms have no definite pre-existing schedules but broad earnings seasons which make up a vast portion of your daily life. Besides, people who are new to the company have the privilege to ask. However, colleagues are not bound to be your mentors, unlike professors in the campus are obliged to preach students.”said KD Chang.
  4. Exchange As an Overseas Student Can Enrich Both Your Body & Mind
    “The thing I learned from my Washington internship is you have to find out the job you really love and interested in, so you may keep your passion In your work. As a result, at the time you come to enjoy your niche and become valuable in the industry. We are in a highly competitive world, and those cool companies want top players. How can you become one of them if you dislike the thing you are doing everyday? ” said Jacky Tsai.
  5. Double Major Where Multi Fields Can Bring About Innovative Combination of Different Professions
    “Before considering about self elevation, you should ask yourself first, ‘ Who do you want to become? What kind of life you want to live?‘ After all, the objective you set beforehand will determine how much effort you should pay. Technology and the world keeps on changing all the time, if you possess the learning ability to cross fields or even nations and ability to adapt, you can handle any changes and situations with ease.” Said KD Chang.
  6. Participate In Extracurricular Activities, Such As Seminars, Speeches & Competitions
    “There are many series of lectures and speeches held in NTU regarding to careers such as ‘My Career Path’. You can have a preliminary understanding of the industry and personal experiences which can benefit you when choosing a job. ” said Yi-Hung Lin.
  7. Cultivate Ability of Organization & Logical Thinking As Well As Good Attitude

“Attitude is the thing that really matters. We are living in a small world now, and your new boss or interviewer may find your classmates or colleagues easily and know your reputation from their mouths. Please be responsible and show your strong willing to learn whatever the projects you have to do.” said Jacky Tsai .

Certainly, you may wonder if ever you have none of the above, either activities or traits, what will you do to handle your future career? You have two options to choose from: First, you should make efforts to change wholeheartedly from now on. Had you not been able to put them into practice and meet expectations of yours, don’t seek to jump off a cliff; instead, pray to Goddess of Opportunities & Luck to be on your side.

Just as Jacky Tsai said, “Make yourself a positive person really helps a lot. We will definitely encounter some difficulties or obstacles in our life, no matter you want to conquer or just walk away from it. All of us may tumble sometime, but if you can stand up once again, you will outstand as a stronger person in the aftermath of the predicament. After all, when you face the sun, the shadow always falls behind you.”

Last but not least, you will learn a lot and outwin others if you savor the article thoroughly. These are great examples for your reference. The vision and suggestions from those role models set forth are so precious and most treasured heritage of first-hand experiences that will be passed down to the next generation for students in NTU.

Special thanks to interviewers:

  1. Chen-Ze Lee, majors in Mechanical Engineering), internships at family enterprise of his own which not really relevant to what he majors, food manufacturing. (LAST 春一枝, chain stores all over Taiwan
  2. Yen-Ting Chen, majors in CSIE, China Steel Corporation Engineer and webmaster of a well-known platform for freelance piano composers to share their pieces, former member of NTU piano club.
  3. KD Chang, majors in Economics, Creativity & Entrepreneurship Program and Cloud Computing Program, an Information Management graduate-to -be, internships at Globally Buyable 2.0.
  4. Jacky Tsai, majors in Finance, internships at Morgan Stanley and CLSA, as well as a participant of Washington AEPA project manager intern.
  5. Yi-Hung Lin, double majors in Medicine & Finance, Creativity & Entrepreneurship Program.
  6. Hung-Wei Chen, majors in Mechanical Engineering(graduate school).
  7. Chia-Ching Cho, ph.D in Accounting, works as a professor.

[好書推薦]發現我的天才-打開34個天賦的禮物

詳細內容請自行閱讀。這本書有附"能力分析剖析測驗"序號,由網路可得知自己的性格強化優點並控制損害。

您的個人特徵

根據 Gallup Organization 多年來的研究指出,瞭解自己能力及行為的人,才是最有戰鬥力的人。 這群人最能夠發展策略,輕鬆應對日常生活、職場以及家庭裡的需求

只要審視您學會的知識與技術,就能約略瞭解自己的能力;但是能察覺並瞭解自己天賦的人,便能得知成功背後最重要的原因。

「個人特徵」報告會顯示您最突出的五項天賦,順序是依據 StrengthsFinder 的答案而決定。 在測量的 34 個特徵中,這些是您的「五大」強項。

您的個人特徵非常重要,因為個人特徵可以讓您善用天賦,邁向成功。 只要集中分析個別或整體的個人特徵,就能找出自己的天賦,並將天賦發展成優勢,達成始終如一、近乎完美的表現,讓您享有私人與職場上的成功。

榮譽感--追求上進的有志之士

你希望自己在別人眼裡舉足輕重, 希望被肯定, 也希望別人聽到你的聲音、希望引人注目、希望成名。 你尤其希望你的特殊能力廣為人知、備受讚賞。 你渴望自己因為值得信賴、專業、成功而受人推崇。 同樣地,也渴望結交值得信賴、專業、成功的人。 如果朋友不是這種人,你會促使他們朝此目標努力,否則寧可離開。 你希望工作是一種生活方式而不只是工作而已,並且要求擁有工作自主權,能依自己的方式執行。 因此生命充滿你所渴望的目標、成就、資格認證。 無論你將重心置於何處,這種榮譽感都能讓你持續向上提升、擺脫平凡、出類拔萃,也使你達到目的。

有遠見--描繪願景的夢想家

「如果……的話不是很棒嗎?」 未來深深地吸引你, 彷彿投射在牆壁上,你很清楚看到未來可能的模樣,這一幅逼真的景象拉著你向前走。 儘管實際內容需要視你其他能力與興趣而定,但是夢想總能帶來很大的靈感。 你是一個能看到未來願景的夢想家,也很珍惜這些願景。 當眼前的一切令人沮喪,周遭的人又過於現實時,你會想出種種前瞻性的願景,為自己注入動力, 同時也能帶給其他人動力。 事實上,大家經常指望你描繪未來的願景。 你可以為他們畫出能提升視野與精神的景象。 多加練習, 小心遣詞用字, 盡可能讓景象生動活潑。

尊重個別差異--因材施教的伯樂

「尊重個別差異」的主導特質使你對個人特質極感興趣, 對於概括和典型感到不耐,因為不想忽略每個人與眾不同之處。 相反地,你注重個人之間的差異, 自然而然會觀察每個人的風格、動機、想法和如何建立人際關係。 你可以從每個人身上聽到獨一無二的故事。 這個主導特質說明了為什麼你能替朋友挑選最合適的生日禮物,為什麼你知道有人喜歡被公開讚揚,有人卻敬而遠之,以及為什麼你能調整教學方式,配合有人想表 現的願望。 因為你對其他人的能力觀察入微,讓每個人得到最好發揮。 這種主導特質同時也有助於你組織有效率的團隊。 當旁人忙於尋找完美團隊架構或方法時,你早已知道偉大團隊的訣竅在於適才適所,才能發揮個人所長。

勇於接受新觀念--躍躍欲試的好奇寶寶

你深受新觀念吸引。 觀念即是概念,足以解釋大多數事件。 當你從複雜的表面下找到足以解釋事情為何演變成這樣的簡單概念時,會十分高興。 你總是在尋找事物的關連性,因此,如果看似風馬牛不相干的事,因為模糊的關連串在一起時,便很容易引起你的興趣。 觀念即是對熟悉的問題抱持一種新的看法。 你陶醉於扭轉原本熟知的世界,好讓我們以奇怪但具啟發性的角度看待世界。 你喜歡各種不同的觀念,因為意味深遠、新奇、一清二楚,或者矛盾且怪異。 基於上述種種原因,每想到新的概念都讓你躍躍欲試。 其他人可能會說你有創意、有概念甚至很聰明。

完美主義--鑑賞力非凡的行家

你的標準不是平均值,而是卓越出眾。 在你看來,花很大力氣將某個東西從低於平均值拉到略高於平均值的水準很不值得; 以同樣力氣將原本就很優的東西變成超水準,對你來說比較刺激。 無論是你本身或其他人的能力,都很吸引你。 你就像採珍珠的潛水伕,四處尋找能力的跡象。 無論是無師自通、快速學習、不須按部就班的技巧等,都可能是能力的線索。 你一旦發現能力,就很想加以培養、改進、使其盡善盡美, 發出耀眼光芒。 這種天生的能力看在別人眼裡覺得你很有鑑賞力。 你會選擇與了解你特殊能力的人為伍。 同樣地,你也受到那些發現自己能力,並加以鍛鍊的人吸引。 你會避開想使你固定下來、變成全才的人, 不想將生命花在悲嘆自己的不足之處。 對你而言,發揮天賦才能更有趣、更有效益, 而且不同於直覺,更具挑戰性。

我認為大致上十分符合我的特質,尤其是最後一項,完全量身訂做!

[品味人生]KIPLING

黑白的猩猩,惺惺相惜。這張是我於課堂中間下課時所素描的作品(為我背包上的吊飾),這堂課是上學期個體經濟學,開宗明義就是要人們或公司做出決策以"個人利益最大化"為標的。
不管是賽局理論,還是市場供需理論等,似乎是功利主義掛帥的時代。黑猩猩懂得生存之道,在多如牛毛的名牌包的競爭市場中找到了個人的特色,以醜搏美。

卓別林式的幽默,Kipling規模生產下的猩猩無聲的吶喊,它體現了擁有了自己的獨創而產生了獨占市場,旁人將無可取代,也就少了許多競爭對手。

我微笑著,將猩猩吊飾以鉛筆入鏡A4紙上。接著,我使它倆對著實體鏡頭比一個讚,以慶祝他們的誕生,以及証明存在的價值。

[電影欣賞]無米樂

  電影的起頭既無華麗的配樂抑或是特效場景,而是一幕幕臺灣農田及農夫辛勤工作的樣貌。拍攝的場景是位於豐饒之地-嘉南平原的後壁鄉,孕育出代代相傳的台灣精神及優秀子弟。因為是記錄片,所著墨的部分較偏平實的形式。而主角則有四個:崑濱伯,崑濱伯的妻子,煌明伯,文林伯。幾個平凡鄉間小人物所傳達出平時的臺灣農家生活及處事態度,每句對話都是出自內心的真情感。而少了錯綜複雜的劇情反而使電影呈現出更為真實的人生。

  我認為田園生活一如五柳先生般的自給自足,使自己有辦法快樂地度過並珍惜當下的每一刻,就是樂活的定義。現代的人總是汲汲營營於功利,尤其是現今以金錢衡量一個人的富裕程度,卻只有少數的人真的是以"快樂"來評測一個人是否富有。

  "誰知盤中飧,粒粒皆辛苦。"雖是老生常談,卻不無可取之處。我小時候雖沒親身下鄉耕田,但是也有嘗試過種植整排的樹苗。彎下腰耕種是十分累人的,對於平時生活在都市叢林的我們,恐怕只知道如何在十字路口轉彎到隔壁的便利商店或是超市買下一餐的著落卻忘記了那些米飯的由來。出自對於台灣這塊寶島土地的尊敬,農人們每天無時無刻都向她行以90度的鞠躬禮。但在我們舉箸欲食的當下,是否有虔誠的在心中默默感謝老天爺,臺灣的土地,以及所有參與製造米飯供我們填飽肚子的人呢?我想,大部份人都是抱著理所當然的心態,以至於這個社會更趨冷漠,人情味漸漸消失殆盡。所以,米飯不再可口好吃;臺灣不再是物產豐饒的寶島。因為,當沒有了感謝的存在,一切都將會被矮化漠視。

  看到煌明伯賣力的彈著被子,棉絮紛飛,意境雖美,但是背後卻是點點滴滴的心酸和血淚。從種棉花開始,至灌溉收成,到最後的加工,這一切讓我想到以前拜讀美國大文豪馬克吐溫的"頑童歷險記"中的黑奴就是如此辛苦的種植棉花卻被剝削,不管是勞力或是薪俸。所以現在當我蓋起保暖厚重的棉被時,總會緬懷那些辛勞工作的人們。

  崑濱伯與妻子的細瑣對話也是整部記錄片中極為精彩的部分。雖然十分白話,有時甚至滿口粗話,但是言下之意竟然字句都是真心,貼心以及付出。可以相伴到白頭已屬不易,但能夠健健康康、快快樂樂的一同工作生活至白頭偕老更為不簡單。默默無名的農夫農婦們實際上比許多赫赫有名的政商名流活得更為快樂,因為他們懂得什麼是平凡。長久的愛情也許就是在平凡中滋長,而非轟轟烈烈的就倏然結束在燦爛煙火綻放之後的餘燼。

  就算是農夫引以維生的稻米已鑿,"無米"也可以苦中作樂。這大概是此電影最想要傳達的主觀意識了!導演的拍攝手法是農夫日復一日、年復一年所親眼所見所聞的日常生活體驗。如同身歷其境般,更為貼近真實的農家生活。樂活的想法貫穿全片成為主軸,使我回想起高中時讀過的蘇軾的赤壁賦-蓋將自其變者而觀之,則天地曾不能以一瞬;自其不變者而觀之,則物與我皆無盡也。在人生之戲中只有最真的情感和名分會留芳,一切的一切物質和享受,都將在死亡那一刻畫下終止符。所以,我的人生座右銘為「樂活」。不會因為外在的種種事物而常常憂心不已、鬱鬱寡歡,而是盡力活出自己的人生。

[通識隨想]臺灣歷史與人物-四月望雨

  四月望雨,標題下的浪漫。但是,細看了其中的內容,發現和現代版偶像劇隋棠和溫昇豪主演的「犀利人妻」有些不謀而合。只是受害者的角色互換,因為敘事者的角度是小三。

  不管是歷史還是劇本總是這樣的,主觀者永遠站在優勢的地位,暫且不管行為對錯。例如:電影「艋舺」的幫派因為以黑道的觀點出發,許多殺戮畫面情節都被解讀為男人的浪漫或者是暴力美學。電影「暮光之城」,吸血鬼的嗜血行為及殺人動機都算是一種正當的行徑而非犯罪行為。因而「四月望雨」可堪稱民國時代的「犀利小三」。

  姑且不論貫徹古今的嚴重的道德問題-劈腿行為,(難怪收視率如此高,想必許多人是感同身受或是身受其害,當然也有可能是男女主角都十分有名氣。)其中敘述了一位追尋自己音樂理想卻在剛出道時遇上種種困難的人-鄧雨賢。臺大的地下校歌-望春風-就是由他譜出來的,既平易近人又琅琅上口的曲子。但在這成功的背後,他又因為家庭、婚姻、政治環境下受過了多少風風雨雨?

  當一芥小小法院通譯或是在當時收入及為穩定的公務人員-老師卻都不是他想要的人生,勇敢追夢是他極為令人敬佩的優點。試想,是否許多台大的學生都身賦多種才藝卻因為前途或錢途而放棄另外一條道路?美國著名詩人Robert Frost有ㄧ首著名詩-The Road Not Taken的最後一段:

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

  總而言之,「四月望雨」這部音樂劇使我感觸良多,不管是「夢想」(Project 10裡常提到的字眼,臺大學生所追求的。),還是感情道德觀(個人十分不苟同拋棄糟糠妻鍾有妹的劇情),都是值得令人深思的議題。

斯德哥爾摩症:台人v.s日人?!(台灣近代史)

 

   最近有一門通識:台灣近代史。其中思辯了對於台人感念日人是否屬於斯德哥爾摩症的一種?我認為斯德哥爾摩症的罪犯之於人質,不全然等同於當時的日人及台人。日治之初,由武官擔任總督並且公布「六三法」使之集行政、立法、司法、軍事大權。

    此種治國之道,的確不是十分令人苟同,因此武裝抗日的事件頻傳。當時的台人對於日人的感受也許是厭惡的,但是日人對於台灣這塊土地奉獻良多。從後藤新平對於台灣的施政方針即可得知,他實行了舊慣溫存、三大調查(土地、國勢、舊慣)、設立警察保甲制度、財政獨立、交通建設、增進農業、衛教計畫等。

    當時的台灣仍存有許多陋習(例:鴉片、留長髮、纏小腳等),他利用了漸進的政策將它們革除。警察保甲制度使得台灣人民人人自危,由於連坐法,使得家家戶戶不敢「自掃門前雪」,犯罪率也幾乎持零。交通方面也是一大革新,修建大量公路及港灣,使台灣四通八達,通向現代化之路。衛教則使台人有了衛生概念,並且促使醫學校的興起。

    在日人後期統治期間最令人感到欣慰的是:教育。雖然當時日人許多的計畫都是為了配合南進政策而實施的,但也因為此政策,我們現在才有機會在昔時的臺北帝國大學受教育。而舊時研究熱帶疾病的台灣醫學校才能獨佔鰲頭,在今日的世界醫學領域中佔有一席之地。

    當時我的祖父有幸在臺北帝大受教並且在化學方面領域施展長才,創設了許多工廠。祖父因此十分感念日人所帶給他的知識,雖然他在我十分幼小時即過世了。但我永遠不會忘記,當我五歲時,穿著他送我的一件日本和服,依偎在祖父的懷裡,聽著他哼日本歌謠以及細數日治時代的種種以及國民政府來台的變化。

    口說歷史也是一種傳承,它使我得知日治時期不完全是歷史課本上所提及單方面的壓榨及剝削、以及課堂上老師及許多同學謾罵日人治臺的殘酷及不人道。從老人家獲知的第一手資訊,我認為日人對於台人也是有著同理心的。若沒有了日人統治,也許今天的台灣不會如此的「麻雀雖小,五臟俱全。」

    因而,將日人當作時代罪人並不十分正確。明確的好與壞或不存在,日人的統治對於許多台人或許處在灰色地帶。台人有千百種理由可以感謝當時的日人,而相對的也許有千萬種理由可怨尤當時的日人。但不可否認的是,感念日人是臺人一個年代的集體記憶,在臺灣歷史上永不可抹煞的一部分。

[人生體悟]生命神聖性之思辨

 

    無關乎某物種對於這地球以及人類的貢獻和重要性,他們的生命是絕對神聖的。神聖的界定或許不是如此

的容易,但是我所確定的是:神聖為尊重及不可輕易侵犯。每樣生存在這星球上的生物都是獨一無二的,迥異

的DNA序列造就各式各樣的個體。人類只不過是在時間洪流裡一小段時間內占有優勢的物種,並不代表因此

而可以為所欲為、恣意凌虐其他體力抑或是智力略低於我們的生物。如同98-2學期我所修習的另一堂通識:

動物權思潮。它提及了非人類動物也會感覺到疼痛、害怕、飢餓、口渴、孤單、和親屬關係,一如人所擁有

的一切。當人類不顧一切只為己身利益而將情感以及生命剝奪時,在人類的社會中是犯下了滔天大罪,然而

在非人類的世界中卻是小事一樁。如此的差異,使我們對於其他物種多了一份輕蔑及忽視。美國發明家愛迪

曾提過:「沒有任何暴力可以領導倫理,倫理是所有演化的目標。在我們停止傷害其他有生命的活物之

前,我們都還是野蠻人。」而藝術家兼科學家的達文西曾說:「這一天會來到,像我這樣的人會謀殺動物的

人,當成目前謀殺人的人。」種種言語顯示出當科學家們致力於改善人們的生活,他們還是希望人類對於其

他動植物有著一份同理心,而非一味的追求己身利益而忘卻人類本身也是物種圈的一員。

    不論物種再怎樣平凡或不起眼,畢竟是一個獨立的生命,就連同物種每個個體之間都有其獨特性,這點是

不容質疑的。所以,當看到納粹大屠殺的相關書籍及影片時,我無法遏制得掉淚了。安娜的日記一書中以一

個涉世未深的小女孩旁觀者的角度詳盡描繪了希特勒暴政之下,對於猶太及其他少數弱勢民族做了許多令人

髮指的惡行惡狀。令人無法置信的是,希特勒竟會比較列於同種的Homo Sapiens,而認為自己的人種佔了

優勢,將另一種趕盡殺絕,以達到政治目的及種族優越感。殊不知,對生命漠不關心以及絲毫不放在眼裡的

人,是最令人厭惡的了。因此,不得民心的他,最後也是以自殺悲劇收場。

                                                          –>安娜的日記 The Diary of A Young Girl

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    生命是絕對值得尊重及珍惜的,神聖性是其中不可否認的一環。當懂得以同理心看待其他物種,就是文明

而有慈悲心,造物者所鍾愛的人類。不僅人格得以彰顯,也會無意間提升心靈層次,使得周圍之人或物都感

受到祥和之氣而遠瘴癘之氣。

     尊重及關懷生命,為人之初。

[好書心得]The Five People You Meet In Heaven 在天堂遇見的五個人

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   As the Head of Maintenance at Ruby Pier, Eddie does his utmost to check the errors and keep the machines in operation in the morning, unaware of his immediate death. As usual, he talks and preaches to another young maintainer, Dominguez, about the routine works. A sudden scream bursts out from nowhere, not a joyful hurray but it’s the very signal of a girl who is captivated on the broken-down cable car swinging in the air. At the sight of the horrible scene, Eddie rushed to the cable car as soon as possible. At the very moment of rescuing the girl, he sacrifices his own precious life due to Dominguez’s unintentional fault.

  In no time, Eddie is transported to Heaven. The guide tells him that he has to encounter five significant people in Heaven so that he can move on. He meets them as the following sequence, the Blue Man, the Captain, Ruby, Marguerite, and Tala.

  The first one, Blue Man, I am so impressed by his kindness and forgiveness toward Eddie. As a stranger, the Blue Man sacrificed his own life in order to save the life of Eddie the boy’s. Once upon a time, one of my relatives tried his best to save the life of a drowning stranger at the cliff of 野柳,but in vain. As a result, the municipal government set a statue to honor his heroic deed. Despite that the Blue Man had never received any medal or memorial, he himself was an unknown hero for Eddie and his parents. What the Blue Man taught him was that,” Strangers are family you have yet to come to know.” and “There are no random acts; we are all connected.” The Blue man helped Eddie understand the meaning of “strangers”.

  The Captain, once Eddie’s best partner in WW2, he shot Eddie on his ankle so that Eddie wouldn’t rush into a flaming hut, thus, the Captain was accidentally killed by landmine. Eddie felt really sorry for the Captain because of his misunderstanding of the wound on his leg. An act of kindness is like a timely rain on a drought-dried land. No one knows for sure if Eddie were to save the shadow in the hut, would he be another corpse on the battlefield? “Sacrifice is the noblest thing you can do,” the Captain said. The second lesson was by far about “sacrifices”.

  Ruby, the third person that Eddie met. She was the messenger to reveal Eddie father’s love toward him. Eddie’s father was an alcoholic that he often harassed and intimidated his sons and wife after he was drunk. One day, Eddie couldn’t stand it anymore. As a result, he escaped from the house and eventually stumbled into the ocean. Though his father flew into a rage, he dived into the cold waters to save his son’s life. His father was later diagnosed with pneumonia and soon died. Ruby was aware of the story because she shared a hospital room with Eddie’s father. The most touching part is that Eddie said to his father in Heaven, ”It’s fixed.” With tears trickling down my cheeks, I deeply applause for the profound meaning behind the simple two words. They not only represent the heir of a maintainer but also reveal the forgiveness to the tense relationship between Eddie and his father. Ruby taught a lesson which was all about the importance of “forgiveness”.

  Marguerite, a woman that enriched and flourished Eddie’s life. She was Eddie’s wife. They lived a life without a child but were contended with their happy marriage. Little did Eddie knew that she left him alone on earth when she came down with the brain tumor. Eddie was overwhelmed by grief and sorrow at the time she passed away. Likewise, when my once talkative and active grandpa lying helplessly on the bed of the hospital because of liver cancer, my heart was totally broken. Nevertheless, what Marguerite taught Eddie cured my injured heart, too. “Our love never went away; it just took a different form”

  Last but not least, Eddie bumped into a déjà vu.He met an unknown but familiar girl, Tala. Later, he found out that she was the shadow behind the hut burned, where he set fire on. Tortured by the image and scream of hallucination, Eddie couldn’t sleep well at night when he was alive. He was so ashamed that he collapsed in front of Tala. Tala forgave him by uttering this sentence. “Children. You keep them safe. You make good for me. Is where you were supposed to be. Eddie Main-ten-ance.”

  On the road of redemption, Eddie dug out the true meaning of life and never felt regret. He made his way to move on in Heaven, to tell his story to Dominguez and the girl he saved at Ruby Pier, the amusement park. As for me, this book certainly provided me with food for thoughts. Humans can’t play God, sometimes we made irreversible mistakes. We couldn’t change the situation of the past at least we could cope with it now. “Hostility provokes hostility while good will leads to good will.” All I can hope is that People on earth can finally walk hand in hand and live in harmony with one another. It’s inevitable for me to encounter people who mistake our goodwill for humiliation, but I should never stop helping others because any little act of kindness is its own reward.

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