To begin with，I wish all of you to start your wonderful journey into the society from tomorrow on!
The present world is the one full of passion as well as volatility and showiness. It is also the one full of opportunities and competition as well as temptation and desires. Entering the society initially, you need a precious quality called “composure”.
Composure is actually a term of Buddhism, which refers to solid faith, peaceful heart, restricted material desire, environment adaptability, intellectual enlightenment and truth interpretation. Actually, the worldly life beyond Buddhism lacks the constraint of the Buddhist rules and depends on our own composure to a larger extent.
Composure means we can remain calm whatever we encounter. Historically speaking, there were many years in which everything was on the right track, while there were also many years in which there were many big events occurring. If we happen to meet the latter situation, we are doomed to face more risks and challenges and bear more responsibilities. It is a coincidence of life, but it is also a destiny of our history. 2009 is a typical case, during which the financial crisis blew the economy and aggravated unemployment. Then the H1N1 flu struck our world and posed a great threat to our lives. Plus, we have to bear the snow disaster and Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008, which puts on us tons of pressure. At this moment, without composure, it is hard for us to fuse into the society after graduation. It is even more important for us to maintain calm when we cannot find a job or fail to receive further education abroad or face other forms of setbacks. Currently, our country centers around people’s benefits. Our economy is stepping up steadily and needs talents in all areas. There are always some opportunities to find a job and seek your own development. No matter where you choose to work, like Shenzhen, your hometown or somewhere else, you will still embrace your rosy future. Just as a popular saying goes all roads lead to Rome.
Composure also refers to the satisfaction of where you are. Everyone has different experiences. Your situation may be your ideal oneyou’re your dissatisfied one, or even a helpless surrender to the reality. But it is more than common in our society. Everyone has different goals, opportunities, abilities, qualifications and networking, therefore, it is quite natural for us to have different experiences. But a life of beauty does have a fixed rule, which is to feel satisfied with your present. No matter what your come across, you should confront it calmly and stoutly. No matter what job you are undertaking, you should do your utmost to fulfill it. You are supposed to know in this world, most people cannot choose what they would like to do initially. You should also know that every profession or every position has its own promising future. You should even know every experience has its unique value to you! I have ever seen a picture, in which a little girl watch the ducks swimming while she cannot. But she goes there every day and comes back home happily. It indicates that many people will obtain their own happiness in the average life. To be satisfied with the present does not mean that you should stop your marching pace. If you do have an idea, you should firstly do your present job well and wait for the upcoming opportunity, rather than mess your present work and draw your future in your dream. Some people enjoy great popularity in the job market due to their impressive experiences that imply their faithful occupational merits and great work efficiency and achievement.
Composure also refers to maintaining pure in our behavioral and spiritual purity. Our life is full of truth, kindness and beauty as well as fake, vice and ugliness. It is the same with our social relationships. We need to resist the temptation of money and stick to our own principles. We can be active in our socializing, but meantime should be cautious in making friends. You should pay special attention to those who often speak ill of others and those whose action does not meet his words, and those who can seek his own benefits by all means. You should stay close to integrated people and steer clear off crafty ones. Integrated people tend to be candid while crafty ones tend to be dishonest. Integrated people deal with all matters fairly and sincerely while crafty ones deal with all matters according to the people involved in it. Integrated people seek their benefits in the right way, while crafty ones seek their benefits by doing devil. Just like a line in the movie “Dancing Sisters” I heard for thirty years goes, to perform with all efforts and to behave innocently!
Composure also refers to unfailing efforts. Only by unfailing efforts can we create our own career. The way to success is tough, especially the very beginning. You should prepare well for constant failures psychologically. You should also have solid confidence as the one that iron tree can also have flowers blooming. Only by unfailing efforts can we study well. The way to study is tough and it is hard to persist. You should be able to bear solitariness and get rid of fames and benefits, never shaking little whatever happens to you. Only by unfailing efforts can we be outstanding, just like Martin Luther King, who could pursue his dream, like Steven Hawking who could pursue his universe, like those deaf and dumb girl performers pursued their dancing!
The truth of composure is well acknowledged by all. But as a saying goes, it is easier said than done. I am reiterating it here in an effort to convince all of you to take composure along in your long life journey!
Good luck, my dear students!
Goodbye, my dear students!
July 3rd, 2009