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Aug 11, 2013

"We shall practice listening so attentively that we are able to hear what the other is saying -- and also what is left unsaid. We know that by listening deeply we already alleviate a great deal of pain and suffering in the other." -- Anonymous

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"We went to a theatre to watch a documentary yesterday. The audience it attracted was mostly "older" adults..... 70's & 80's. While writing for the film to start. I was blessed to be engaged in conversation with a few different people who shared stories of their youth with me. I loved their energy & loved hearing their stories... I was totally absorbed in listening. Their eyes shone telling me their stories & my heart shone hearing them. I left with happiness in my heart a smile on my face. Everyone has stories to share & listening to them is a kindness gift for both the teller & the listener. Grateful." -- Mish

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The Girl Student Sitting at the Back of the Classroom
September 26, 2016 - Posted by 1136985160
I still will never forget a girl student sitting at the back of the classroom. Having failed the college entrance exams and changed schools two times, she couldn’t smile naturally. Every day she would sit at the desk, staring into textbooks and exercises, motionless and heavy-hearted. The desperate loneliness she radiated almost stopped me from teaching. Of course, she had no friends in this fiercely competitive class. Every time I stepped into the classroom, I welcomed everyone. Of course, when I said something to her casually, she reluctantly answered with a stiff, shaky, and sheepish smile.

Life is harder for senior students. Hardly does a day go by without endless exercises or tests. Every time when the scores came out, her score wouldn't be the first or second but last. Dark clouds always flashed in her eyes. When I invited her to the teacher's office, we never talked about studies or scores but I would make some jokes casually instead. She never replied. Her gaze wandered over the office, staring out of the window. Slowly she felt a bit relieved.

One day the exam results came out and she did pass! When I quietly walked into the classroom, she was still sitting at the back of the classroom. Since then she had never been heard from again. Two days before the Spring Festival Eve, I was shopping in a supermarket. When I came to the checkout, an excited voice came into my ear: "Hello, Mr. Deng." I looked up and there she stood, working part-time during her college holidays. From her happy face, I could see she was busy and happy. “Mr Deng, you helped me get through my darkest time. I know what you did every day at that time. Thank you.” 

Gone were her sad expressions and a sunshine face threw light on every customer. In that instant, I realized how important it is to give a bit of care to those in need every day. You may never know how much each gesture or word may mean to someone else. I treasure that experience. 
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