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 20170716淋漓盡致行大道 Living Our Life to the Fullest in Old Age

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發表主題: 20170716淋漓盡致行大道 Living Our Life to the Fullest in Old Age    周日 8月 20, 2017 5:27 am

20170716淋漓盡致行大道 Living Our Life to the Fullest in Old Age

Time continuously passes by. I hope everyone seizes each moment that we are together, and cherished these moments. Seeing my disciples becoming older as the years go by, I am getting older as well. Now, when I walk down the stairs, I need to very careful and pay attention to what’s on the ground. My current lifestyle has become much different from before. Coming here this time, I’ve heard volunteers who suffer from illnesses; my heart goes out to them.

However, getting old (isn’t necessarily a bad thing.) During this trip, I have been telling people that we can grow old in age, but not give in to old age. It’s all right that our age increase, but we mustn’t think that we’re getting old. I saw a 95-year-old volunteer who is working hard to be certified by me this year.

There is also a group of elderly volunteers, who are in their 80s and 90s. Every day, they go to Kaohsiung Jing Si hall. If I stay there and when I go out like I did this morning, they will line up to greet me. I asked” You are always this early?” They replied,” We have completed our tasks. We are cleaning volunteers; we’ve already finished cleaning the gallery ramp.”

They are the seven volunteers, whom people called” the Seven Fairies.” This “seven” is not just the number7, but also a homonym for “cleaning” (in Taiwanese.) So, it means both. Although they are in their 70s, 80s, and 90s, (they still do volunteer work.) Indeed, this is the kind of spirit that we should learn. Do you understand? (Yes.) Good. We should learn their spirit. Are you clear on this?

It doesn’t matter that our age has increased, what’s important is we cannot give in to old age. If I gave in to old age, then I wouldn’t be here now. We must not give in to old age, as there are people older than us setting good examples for us.

Also in Dounan, I see a commissioner who volunteers at hospital. She says, “I’ve already signed up for each month this year.” Everyone, when we are volunteering, (we need to be proactive.) When we are able, we should just do it. It doesn’t matter that we are old as long as we don’t give in to old age. These volunteers are all more than 70 years old.

Everyone, we should do good deeds to accumulate our blessings instead of paying off our negative karma. Our life is limited, and we should be mindful. Elderly volunteers will inevitably face life’s end one day; even I will face it as well. I, too, understand that day will come. Actually, suffering comes with aging. Getting old is not to be afraid of, but getting sick is.

So, we must take good care of our bodies. We can let our age increase, (but our heart must stay young.) To do that, we must be active. Our volunteer, Cai Kuan, is 100 years old this year, yet she is still active in Xieli team. She provides guidance to younger volunteers. Even though she is 100 years old, she still goes to home visits. If she sees care recipients who have difficulties with others, or those who are down in spirit, she would encourage them.

Although she is older than many people, she does not want to quit volunteering. She is living her life to the fullest. We should all live our lives to the fullest, and accumulate our blessings. Her sons and grandchildren are all inspired by her, and she has set an example for her family. The tradition of volunteering with Tzu Chi has been passed on for four generations. Her family is very happy and harmonious owing to her dedication in volunteering work.

Her sons and grandchildren are deeply touched by her; the Tzu Chi spirit is being passed on in her family. This is what I want everyone to do: to live our lives to the fullest, and also to accumulate blessings. In our present and future lives, we should keep accumulate blessings. This is for our present descendants and also for our future lives.

So, we must continuously accumulate blessings and wisdom for our future. I hope the elderly can age with dignity. (We should live in the moment, not dwell on the limitations of old age, and still give of ourselves.) In our old age, wouldn’t it be great if we can live a happy and dignified life?

I see a choir consisting of elderly volunteers in Tainan, It’s adorable that they sang Tzu Chi songs. Their voices were beautiful and solemn and full of inspiration.

I hope everyone will remember that life is full of suffering. Everyone must face their life’s end one day. So, we must care for our elderly volunteers as we belong to the Tzu Chi family. Visiting them just once a month is not enough, (we should visit them more often.) as the elderly volunteers, whenever you see them, you should greet them, or visit them at home, even just to sit for a while.

This way, we will at least know how they are doing that day. Doing this doesn’t take a lot of time. With a bit of care, this caring though plants a seed in their hearts, and we form affinities with them.

This seed is the Bodhi seed. Through these Bodhi seeds, we are connected together by these good affinities. Such is the blessings we (create.) We are one big family. Therefore, we should have the same understanding, reach consensus, and take collective action.

I am also grateful to our Tzu Chengs in Pingtung, who gave of themselves wholeheartedly. I hope you will continue to lend your support. I hope you can use your strength in gentleness to tell your family of your gratitude and ask them to support you. When volunteering, we ought to be grateful to each other for support we receive. This gratitude is the sincerest love.
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