Weekly Greeting

Engage in the Study -- Shirley's 534th Friendly Greeting from China-- August 14, 2016

How are you? Are you enjoying your weekend?

On my side, I am engaging in the study of second phase of Chinese National Academy of Arts. Under the good direction of Professor Mu Jiashan, I am learning from some ancient maestros in Chinese landscape field. I am really happy for it will remedy the pity that I could not major it for my poor health in the past 5 years.

Chinese people often say “A strict teacher produces outstanding students”, I am not sure whether I will be a outstanding student, but, I have really met a strict professor and tutor.

Can you imagine? My assignments have been added to be 300 from 100, 200 since July 15. I feel a little bit pressure, but my tutor told me he had adjusted my assignment for he thought I should be able to complete them and he had even accounted my workload and gave me a daily request... Oh, my Godness!

However, what my tutor said has really given me much more self-confidence and it has really encouraged me to improve myself not only on quality, but also on quantity…

Even though I could not work on the big size painting for I will not be in stability before handing in my book and the music jobs.

The good news is that the Jinan University Press will publish my second volume of my series books “Together With Me, Learn Chinese Culture and Language by Enjoying Painting, Music and Poems before Feb, 2017 and one of my former colleagues had offered the capital for the publishing jobs in May, 2016.

After working hard for 16 years, now, my little cross-culture and comprehensive art project and I are facing a totally new situation:

-- I wanted to continue my art study, then I am a candidate for degree of Master of Fine Arts in the highest art research organization and I have had a first-rate professor as my tutor;

-- I wanted to publish books, then I have a capital offer and another offer from a university publishing house;

-- I wanted to open a new and formal course for native English speakers, then an American college has opened its gate for me...

What a lucky student I am!

So, I would really like to cherish my luck and focus my limited time, energy and life on the infinite study and creating. After all, in this world, there are too many businessmen and businesswomen already, it really lacks someone who can create something new and creative. Since I am lucky enough, why don't I study hard and try to become a creative person?

With this idea, I have stopped the jobs to rent my apartment and I have also stopped the jobs to find capital or business support, I would really like to engage myself into the study and research in the upcoming precious 2 years as a student for master degree of Fine Arts of Chinese National Academy of Arts and an instructor of Ozarks Technical Community College of USA.

Compare with thinking of making money, I more enjoy the feeling of reading, painting. composing or writing books among so many books in my peaceful home... many people thought I am too foolish for giving up the good opportunity to make money with my apartment, and for choosing cooperators too seriously instead of accepting some“ possible and rich investors or cooperators...”

I do not regret for my current choice, just like I do not regret for my choice for dreaming of founding a Statistic Structure of Chinese Securities Market and gave up the highest salary of Shenzhen Stock Exchange 20 years ago.

Even though I have to admire that I have become a poor woman who lives in a simple life and I have to account or control my expenditure since I have worked on the little cross-culture and comprehensive art project with my own salary and pension for 16 years, I am still optimistic as a rich woman who is enjoying an intellectual life with a big smile often... :- ) After all, I know what I am doing, why I am doing it and how I can do it better, because I know I have met and I will meet someone who can see the value of my effort someday, somewhere in the world...

Under the directions and help of the God and those sapiential people, we will certainly make the little cross-culture and comprehensive art project progress.

Am I a foolish woman?

How about you? Do you have anything to share in the past one week?
I am just a student on Arts of Painting, Music, English and Management, to work on the web site in my free time. I would really like to do somethings with what I have learned to make this little web site to be an Electronic Bridge of Cross - Culture and Comprehensive Arts, Language & Friendship. To help the others and this world while improving myself and realizing my own value of life.

I would really like to appreciate you for your understanding, directions, supports and help.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, you are welcome to write to shirley@ebridge.cn or leave your message on Message Board.

Sincerely,

Shirley Yiping Zhang
August 14, 2016 (Beijing Time)
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