Giving all she could, to the community, despite how she had very little to begin with, translated…
Every year, I’d found a day to have a luncheon with Ying, she was a close friend from Cambodia. Two years ago, she’d earned her high school equivalent degree from Taiwan two years ago, said she would wait until her son entered into high school, then she will, go for her college entrance exams.
On this day, she took her son along, and, the child was in his teenage years, and she’d needed to persuade him a lot for him to follow her out, he’d sped through the lunch, and rushed to his afternoon gathering with his peers. Although he’d only stayed for a short half-an-hour, but, this tall big boy, was so different compared to how when he was younger, he’d, stayed close to Ying shyly. I’d felt blessed for Ying, that her son is finally, grown.
I’d started conversing with Ying about the goings on of life and work these past couple of years, her coworker had other plans for her life, and the company didn’t hire anybody else after her coworker quit, and thus, her workload increased. For a very long time, Ying worked with this diligent manner and attitude, she is very able in learning new things, never fearing the trials, she’d, practiced until she’d gotten it perfect, in the field she’s least familiar with, sales. Her motto is, “Life is about getting beaten down, and getting back up again.”
There was, however, a bad marriage that Ying had weathered through, she became a single mother at my age, and I’d felt more closely connected to her. Being here on her own, without the support from her own next of kin, using everything she has, in the hardest time, using the shortest time, she’d, found her son a kindergarten to attend, then, found a job that can help her make ends meet. But she’d never complained about how hard her life was, and, her actions showed, that trials of life, are the best lessons offered in life. She’d learned to be tolerant, learned to give and take, and, became, more mature through the trials of her own life.
Being humble, Ying always loved teaching, and because the policies by the government had pushed forth the programs, there are more and more who’d wanted to learn the languages of Southeast Asia, and so, she’d trained to become a Cambodian instructor. Learning to teach a class, she’d told me, it’s, another level of learning for her, this was, amazing to me. She said, a lot who’d learned her mother tongue wanted to volunteer in Cambodia, and as she’d heard that, she’d, taken the job. There’s, that look of gratitude in her eyes, she certainly is, an angel who’d, passed the bliss along.
She’d always encouraged herself, “Making someone else’s knowledge into our own; learning what others are good at, and make it up for our own shortcomings”. Now, Ying is, the richest woman I ever know. I hope that she will have a smooth sailing rest of her life.
So, this woman had, weathered through some trials in her life, but, she’d turned the trials into something that motivated her to keep going, and, she’d become, this person who’d, passed along the blessings she received in life, even though she wasn’t, given that much, but she’d still, given back to the community, using what she had, and that, is amazing!