青年組 第二名 陳盈君
青年祖 佳作 張海淨
Youth Group Second Place Julie Chen
The lunar New Year is approaching. During this time of the year, everyone will start planning and preparing for the coming year. As the Chinese saying goes, “A new year, a changed atmosphere.” This is the reason I would like to make wishes for this coming year, and hope that all can come true within this New Year.
The wishes I have made this year are no different from the ones I made in the past. I still wish that all can turn out well for me and that I can be healthy as well. For the past one or two years, my health was unstable and I had many health problems, from minor sicknesses such as flu and stomachache, to more serious ones requiring surgery in the hospital. Within the last two years, I have been to the hospital as many times as to the supermarket. All this has made me depressed and affected my work. Thus my first wish for the year ahead is to have good health.
The next wish is for my family. I wish that for this coming year, they will be healthy and safe, achieve greater heights in their careers and live harmoniously together. I am disappointed that I cannot spend more time with my family. My grandpa and grandma are very old and need others to care for them. My grandpa had diabetes and later developed a kidney disease. For the past ten years, he had to go to the hospital to undergo dialysis. My grandma fell from her bed a few months ago and has been physically weak for a long time afterwards. At night when she sleeps, my aunt and a household servant stay with her.
My parents, due to a heavy workload, have been quarreling over minor matters. Because of all these issues, I know my family members need my companionship. However, I can only observe all this from the other side of the world and cannot offer any help at all. Therefore, the next best thing is for me to pray for them and hope that this will be a better year for them.
Global instability has plagued the world in the recent years. Relations between nations are deteriorating. After the September 11 incident, America proceeded to attack Afghanistan. In the last few weeks, President George Bush seems to be preparing to declare war on Iraq. Knowing that there is impending war and that I can do nothing about it, I am sad and can only offer my prayers, hoping to lower the chances of war.
My wishes may or may not be fulfilled. I still believe, however, that sincerity can evoke a response. As long as the wish comes sincerely from your heart, this wish will pervade all and in the end, all will help to play a part in the fulfillment of your wish.
Youth Group Honorable Mention Hai-ching Chang
Time really flies. This year has passed and a new one is upon us. I was in Taiwan this year when the New Year arrived. On the last night of 2002, everybody was excited and gathered together for a countdown. When the clock struck twelve at midnight, everyone wished one another Happy New Year. Fireworks went off and their beautiful glow dazzled the night sky of Taipei, enhancing the beauty of that night, as if announcing proudly the arrival of the New Year itself. At that moment, I was at home, sitting at my desk, playing some light music and sipping aromatic coffee.
I flipped through my diary for the past year and reminisced on all the memories – both sweet and bitter. And in the first second of the New Year, 2003, I made a wish for myself. I wished that this year would be a joyous and fruitful one for me. In the past year, I may have seemed busy but my time was, in fact, wasted on some unimportant things. Each day passed, but I did not really know what I was doing everyday or what I really wanted to do. This year, I hope I can discover and understand my strengths and talents. If I can unleash my potential and find my interest, choose the path that I want, I believe life will be more meaningful and fulfilling.
I also wish that I can improve my English this year. To fulfill this wish, I will have to work hard with determination and patience. I did try to improve my English last year, but I was neither determined nor patient. I studied on and off and this, of course, meant I did not achieve much. Thus I have decided to study English on a daily basis. No matter how busy I am, I will still take some time to study it.
My last wish is about my health. I hope that I can always stay in peak condition. Life is never just about living. It is about living healthily. There’s no doubt that health is the most important thing in anyone’s life. Without it, nothing can be accomplished.
To work towards this goal, I will try to maintain a balanced diet and not work through the night on my reports. In addition, I will try to exercise more. Be it jogging, basketball, or even stretching, all are beneficial for our health.
I wrote these three wishes where I can see them everyday, so I can constantly remind myself of my own resolutions and see how much I have accomplished. In this way, in the countdown towards next year’s New Year, I can still be sitting at my desk, listening to light music while sipping my favorite coffee, and recollect that I have had a fruitful and happy year 2003 and make my resolutions for another new year.
To be continued