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I Love My Life in China

Popularity 11Viewed 5223 times 2014-4-19 08:21 |System category:Life| experience, knowledge, service, people, others

I came to China 968 days ago. Wow! It doesn't seem like its been that many. But I came here with an attitude of doing one thing. I came here to serve people with the talents, experience and knowledge that I've gained in over 5 decades of living.

I realized that not only the most noble thing I could do with my life is to serve others, but also, it would be the most fulfilling for me personally. To say that you suffer by service to others really isn't at all what it might seem. Oh, it does take sacrifice. There are many ups and downs in traveling 14 times zones from the place you call home. But, I know from experience that with the right intention and attitude towards what you set out to do, you will be happy doing it and feel the satisfaction in your own heart and mind.

Like any place else on earth, I've met with a huge majority of very nice people here in China and only a few that weren't so nice. To focus or even talk about the ones that haven't been so kind is really a wasted effort. The reason is that most people have treated me so well that I feel they have become my family.

Most of my efforts are focused on the English corner I go to for 2-3 hours every Sunday. I actually teach an English lesson and several English songs there each week. Mr. Luo, the founder of the English corner, is the leader there and an outstanding man. I work with him in helping the people learn better English. We both volunteer our work and efforts. He has been there for more than 26 years. I've helped him the past year and a half.

I have also worked with another foreigner who rescues handicapped orphaned children. His name is Clay Williams. He works with the Zhengzhou Orphanage and local hospitals in helping care for handicapped orphans. Another great man who I have the honor of knowing and assisting.

My life in China has been documented in more than 40 television broadcasts. And recently, just this week, HNTV began filming another documentary about my life here in China. I'm very humbled and yet very honored to receive the wonderful recognition that I have gotten. My future plans are to be able to reach into the countryside schools and teachers and bring them quality English education via television.

Serving others is a pleasure. It gives your life meaning and purpose. To serve the Chinese people of Zhengzhou and Henan Province is truly my honor. I plan to do it for many years to come. I love China and I love my life here.

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Reply Report 财神 2014-4-19 13:22
you counted the precious happy days in china,wish you more and more happy ahead too.
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-4-19 16:59
There has to be a big celebration when you reach 1000 days here!
Reply Report Jaee 2014-4-19 18:20
a nice and devoted man
Reply Report xuedongi60 2014-4-19 20:44
I come from xinyang of Henan province,thanks a lot for your devotion.At the same time,I express my best wishes for you.
Reply Report tedbrent 2014-4-19 23:01
Reply Report teamkrejados 2014-4-20 12:04
A great post. Thanks! Tell me please: how can one go about volunteering at such organizations you are connected with during the summer school break?
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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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