Self-Improvement

珍惜自己所擁有的 – 張忠謀

作者:張忠謀

在一個講究包裝的社會裡,我們常禁不住羨慕別人光鮮華麗的外表,而對自己的欠缺耿耿於懷。
就我多年觀察,我發現沒有一個人的生命是完整無缺的,每一個人的生命多少都缺了一些甚麼東西。

有人夫妻恩愛、月入數十萬元,卻遇到嚴重的不孕症;有人看似好命、能幹多財,情字路上卻是坎坷難行;

有人家財萬貫,卻是子孫不孝;有人看似好命,可是一輩子卻腦袋空空,所學無術。
每個人的生命,都被上蒼劃上了一道缺口貼了一個標籤,你不想要它,它卻如影隨形跟著你。

以前我也痛恨我人生中的缺失,但現在我卻能寬心接受,生活自如,因為我體認到生命中的缺口,彷若我們背上的一根刺,時時提醒著我們要謙卑,要懂得憐恤他人

若沒有苦難,我們不知不覺會驕傲,沒有滄桑,我們更不會以同理心去安慰不幸的人。

我也相信,人生不要太圓滿,有個缺口讓福氣流向別人是很美的一件事,你不需擁有全部的東西,若你樣樣俱全,你怎麼會去管別人吃什麼東西呢?

我也體會到每一個生命都有缺陷,所以我不會再與別人作無謂的比較,反而更能珍惜自己所擁有的一切。

「我這輩子所結交的達官顯貴不知凡幾,他們的外表高貴亮麗實在很令人羨慕,但深究其裡,每個人內心都有一本難念的經,甚至苦不堪言。」

所以,不必要去羨慕別人的如何如何,只要好好珍惜上天給你的那份恩典就好了,你會發現你所擁有的絕對比沒有的要多出許多,而缺失的那一部分,雖不可愛,卻也是你生命的一部分,接受它並善待它,你的人生絕對會快樂豁達許多。

如果你是一個蚌,你願意受盡一生的痛苦而凝結出一粒珍珠,還是不要珍珠,寧願舒舒服服的活著?

如果你是一隻老鼠,你發覺你已經被關進捕鼠籠裡,而你前面卻有一塊香噴噴的蛋糕,這時,你究竟是吃還是不吃呢?

早期的撲滿都是用陶磁作的,一旦存滿了錢幣,就要被人一聲敲碎;如果有這麼一隻撲滿,始終沒有錢幣投進來,一直瓦全到今天,它就變成了一個貴重的古董,那你願意做哪一種撲滿?

你每想到一個問題就記下你的答案,直到有一天你的答案固定不再變動,那就是你已經成熟了。

在生命中我們有時候會選擇裝傻,不論是面對生活、愛情、甚至自我。

Photography, Real Estate

A Letter To The Editor – CA Modern Magazine

CA-Modern Magazine|Eichler Homes is the full-color quarterly publication of the Eichler Network — mailed in January, April, July, and October. Its content is aimed at mid-century modern homeowners and enthusiasts, with an emphasis on Eichler, Streng, and other mid-century modern homes and communities throughout California. It also focuses on home maintenance features, solutions, and furnishings for modern homes; profiles on special California neighborhoods; mid-century arts and lifestyle; and much more.

Since I shot a lot of Eichler Homes, I have a good size of collection over the years.  When the editor need a few photos for the magazine, he will contact me and that was how I started the working relationship.

After a year or so, the publisher Marty and I were chatting over the emails about project ideas then I got my first two articles photoshoots – Foster City, and Remodeling back in September 2016 for the January 2017 issue.  Out of my surprise, one of my photo was up on the cover.

By the end of January, a few readers had email the publisher Marty and the editor Dave about the “new photographer”!!

Hi Marty,

I just wanted to write and say as a CA Modern reader and even featured home owner 🙂 I really enjoyed the new photographer Sabrina Huang’s work in the latest issue!
 
Sabrina’s talent really enhances the magazine and brings it to a new level. She has a great eye and her shots really highlighted the homes and neighborhoods in both features in a more architecturally focused way.  Keep up the good work!
 
Kind regards,
Cassandra
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Dear Dave,
 
Thank you for your article “Forgotten by the bay” on Eichler homes in the Winter issue of CA Modern.  I like the way you and writer Jack Levitan were able to weave together a fascinating and interesting article on the hidden treasure of  Eichler homes in Foster City. I also liked the photography by Sabrina Huang, an amazing, talented and personable young lady who will do much to contribute to your publications. 
Kiyoshi and I have lived in our Eicher since 1968 and when we discovered it being built in a new community called Foster City, we knew we could only live in an Eichler, a home that would provide light and space and a sense of calmness and serenity.

Thank you for including us and our photos in your article and I look forward to meeting you again.  Happy New Year to you and your staff and may your publications continue to do well.

Sincerely,
Dorothy Matsuo

Then next two assignments, Marin County, and Aged in Comfort, came around for April issue.  The writer Cathy Smithwick who wrote the Aged in comfort story told me that she just received a lovely handwritten note from Maryhill Gleason (one of the homeowner in the article).
Maryhill wanted Cathy to pass along her thanks to me for my pictures, which illustrated the article so clearly. Cathy said it’s not every day that she get notes from 100-year old ladies!
I was overjoyed when Marty, Dave, and Cathy told me that they don’t get many of those emails from the readers which  makes me realized why I love doing what I do.  I get to go see many places that I wouldn’t of,  the stories that my subjects shared with me, the connections I made with them, and the photos been published in a magazine for many people to enjoy, etc.
Being a photographer is not going to make me rich.  It makes me HAPPY!!!  At this point in my life, I began to appreciate the little things, the smell in the air, the cloud in the sky, the color when sun goes down, the wind makes flowers dance, the sound of birds singing, the warmth of sun shining on my face. . . it’s beautiful.
Thank you Marty of CA-Modern magazine for the opportunity and took the chance on me.
And now I would like to make a wish.  I want to shoot for AD, dwell, Modern Home, Inside Out, Interior Design, Garden Design, Sunset because those are the magazines that I love reading!!!

A side note: I was in Palm Springs this week for an architectural photo workshop with Scott Frances as the instructor.

Guess who was sitting next to me today?

Darren Bradley who is also shooting for CA-Modern magazine and his image was on the cover of the April’s issue.  We were chatting after the class today and showing each other’s work on our computer and then I saw the cover photo on his computer so I said, “that’s your photo?”

What a small world!!!  Although Darren called himself as a architectural junky than a architectural photographer, his work are awesome!!!  His real full time job allows him travel around the world and taking architectural images.  I am so happy to be in the class with him.