Live uni life with one buttock

March 25, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

April is around the corner, and soon will May come, leading to the finale of my first year in HKU.  It has been an amazing year for me, as initially I haven’t expected myself studying abroad.   Looking back from where I’ve come, it seems that fate has pushed me out of my comfort zone and guided me here.

Yet, the question to be asked is what reflections would I have by the end of May?  How should I summarize what I’ve perceived throughout the year?

It is evident that everyone has different answers to those questions; nevertheless, to me, the answers lie in the following video attached.

This is a remarkable TED talk by Benjamin Zander, who is not only a world-renowned conductor, but also an inspiring speaker on leadership.  He has been conducting Boston Philharmonic since 1979, at the same time using music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that bring out the best in themselves.

In this brief talk, he mentioned several intriguing points which I regard to be what I’ve learnt in this year:

(1)Live your life with “one buttock.”  That simply means as long as we allow our passion to lead the way, beauty shall be at your presence at the end of time.    It precisely reflects what Gibran has written in 《The Prophet》“…for reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.  Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion; that it may sing; and let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.”  Let your passion be the winds beneath your wings.

(2)A leader is a person who won’t doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he’s leading to realize whatever he’s dreaming.  Similarly, we wouldn’t want to doubt our capacity, right?  We are what we think, so think positively.

(3)Think BIG, dream BIG.  Everything is possible; never say never.  Keep trying.

(4)A conductor’s job is to awaken possibilities in others, to make them more powerful.  You will know you’ve achieved that once you see many shiny eyes.  Always question who you are being when you don’t see eyes that are shining.  Likewise, always question yourself who you are being when your eyes are not shining.  Chances are something precious inside you is deteriorating; seize it, take hold of it and don’t let go.

(5)Think about the long line instead of points, like a bird that flies over the field doesn’t think of the fences underneath.  Always concentrate on the vision, on the long run, on the picture.

(6)Don’t act today in a way that you will regret so much tomorrow, which resonates with the closing words “I will never say anything that couldn’t stand as the last thing I’d ever say.”

In fact, these things are all intertwined.

I hereby share it to you, in the hope that you’ll find it entertaining and inspiring.

Thank you for reading.