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Aim High but Stay Grounded

Written by  Yo Choon Yen, Muar / Translated by Tan Heang Shin

While wiping his mother’s hand, it pained Tay Xiang Long (left) to feel her rough hands. [Photograph by Lin Mei Fu]

At the graduation of Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class in Muar, 59 teenagers depicted Tzu Chi’s Four Missions and Eight Footprints through a play, sign language and games. Volunteers have sown the seed of kindness in the hearts of these young adults with love and blessings, hoping that they could work on their dreams and face their future with confidence.


On November 12, 2016, a graduation ceremony for the 15th Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class was held in Bakri. A total of 182 guests, consisting of the family members, graced the event.

Supported with Great Love

In conjunction with Tzu Chi’s 50th Anniversary, a comprehensive programme that included a play, sign language performance and games, was specially crafted to illustrate the Four Missions and Eight Footprints of Tzu Chi.

The teens started to prepare for the programme in June; and the facilitators, though busy, insisted on accompanying them through months of practices and rehearsals. They offered their blessings with a sincere heart and encouraged the children to chase their dreams.

Before the commencement of the ceremony, they played a game where parents were blindfolded and led by their children to walk on chairs. Chua Siew Cheng felt nervous at first but she calmed herself down and trusted her daughter to lead her to the destination safely.

Parents have raised their kids wholeheartedly with no regrets but the children would often take it for granted. When the emcee asked the children to look into their parents’ eyes, that very moment was filled with love beyond words.

Bravely shouldered more responsibilities

Volunteer Tuang Fei Jong took up the role of facilitator besides covering for programme planning and emceeing. She facilitated Parent-child Bonding Class before in order to be with her only son, but had cut down her involvement in Tzu Chi since her child finished primary education. In 2014, she again assumed a facilitator’s role when she accompanied her son in the Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class.

Although she had participated in Tzu Chi’s activities for more than ten years, her focus was mainly on the Educational Mission. Hence, she was unfamiliar with the other missions and felt a little worried in assuming more responsibilities. Nonetheless, she accepted her responsibilities gracefully and started to work on the presentation slides, collate necessary materials from the Internet and learn to use the computer.

“I felt it is a calling from the Master for me to get serious with Tzu Chi,” expressed Fei Jong. She was grateful to have the opportunity to emcee the event so that she could enhance her understanding on Tzu Chi’s Four Missions and Eight Footprints. She felt she has gained so much from the experience.

Learnt to appreciate parental love

Fifteen-year-old Goh Kai Ling participated in the play and sign language performance which depicted the Medical Mission. In portraying an expectant mother, she could really feel the greatness of all mothers.

She stated, “I know it must be hard during pregnancy but they have never complained.” With pillows stuffed on her belly, she found it hard to move around. To her, the hardship must be unimaginable and unbearable. It was a wake-up call to her to be kind to her parents and to help out in house chores more often.

When she got off stage, she rushed to her parents, gave them a big hug and yelled out loud, “Mum and dad, I love you!”

Tread the path with determination

Seeing her son, Tay Xiang Long, performing on stage, Goh Geok Luan’s eyes were blurred with tears. She felt grateful that her son is able to grow up in a loving environment and become a sensible person. She was also emotional thinking of her sister, who died in a road accident. Thanks to the late sister, both the mother and son got to know Tzu Chi and improve their bonding.

Geok Luan said, “A child who grows up in Tzu Chi family is one who is thoughtful. Xiang Long has always helped me out at the food stall.” Knowing his mother’s hardship, Xiang Long would always assist his parents in the food business. During the graduation, it pained him to feel his mum’s rough hands as he wiped them.

Even at a young age, Xiang Long started to participate in Tzu Chi’s activities following his late auntie. He once burst into tears at the age of four when attending the graduation of Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class of his cousin brother and sister. Time flies, and now he was graduating too.

Xiang Long shared, “One would definitely walk away with novel experience by joining the Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class.” He encouraged his juniors to stay firm and seize every opportunity to reap the fruits.

He felt that teamwork is important as different views are inevitable. Most of all, work on a shared goal as the beauty of a team stems from the beauty of each individual. To him, graduation is not the end because Tzu Chi will always remain dear to him. No matter where he goes, he will tread the path firmly with Tzu Chi in mind.



Lastly, the mama facilitators presented the Tzu Chi song, “Walk Your Own Path” using sign language to give the youngsters their blessings. As it is a long road in life and we will not have our teachers or parents by our side forever, we must learn to walk our own path by ourselves.

Graduation is not the end but a new beginning. With the seeds of kindness instilled in these young minds, coupled with a sincerest blessing, it is hoped that these youngsters would chase their dreams with strong confidence.

 

The 15th Graduation of Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class held on November 12, 2016, in Bakri drew 182 attendees. [Photograph by Lin Mei Fu]   Both parents and children cared for each other while playing games. [Photograph by Lin Mei Fu]

The 15th Graduation of Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class held on November 12, 2016, in Bakri drew 182 attendees. [Photograph by Lin Mei Fu]
 
Both parents and children cared for each other while playing games. [Photograph by Lin Mei Fu]
 
Through emceeing, Tuang Fei Jong (left) learnt more about Tzu Chi’s Four Missions and Eight Footprints. [Photograph by Lin Mei Fu]   Goh Kai Ling could really feel for the pregnant mothers when she portrayed one in the play. [Photograph by Lin Mei Fu]

Through emceeing, Tuang Fei Jong (left) learnt more about Tzu Chi’s Four Missions and Eight Footprints. [Photograph by Lin Mei Fu]
 
 
Goh Kai Ling could really feel for the pregnant mothers when she portrayed one in the play. [Photograph by Lin Mei Fu]
 
Photo shows a sign language performance by the Tzu Chi Teenagers. [Photograph by Lin Mei Fu]   Though nervous, Chua Siew Cheng (left) trusted her daughter, Kam Rui Min (right) in guiding her through the game. [Photograph by Ni Wen Zheng]

Photo shows a sign language performance by the Tzu Chi Teenagers. [Photograph by Lin Mei Fu]
 
 
Though nervous, Chua Siew Cheng (left) trusted her daughter, Kam Rui Min (right) in guiding her through the game. [Photograph by Ni Wen Zheng]