Haruki Murakami, Nrwegian Wood

Editor: Margaret W. Lavigne 

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.― Haruki Murakami, Nrwegian Wood

 

 

I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.”― Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

 

“People die all the time. Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So you should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Fairly, and if possible, sincerely. It’s too easy not to make the effort, then weep and wring your hands after the person dies.” —Dance, Dance, Dance

 

“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

 

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”― Haruki Murakami

 

“Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.”― Haruki Marukami

 

“Truth is often accompanied by intense pain, and almost no one is looking for painful truths. What people need is beautiful, comforting stories that make them feel as if their lives have some meaning. ” —1Q84

 

“I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom.” —Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

 

“One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility….” —Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

 

 

 

Margaret W. Lavigne

As to God’s discipline, it’s comforting to know that “God promises to make something good out of the storm” (Roman 8: 28). Do not keep “record of wrongs” (In Hebrews 13:5; 1 Peter 4:8). God will do the justice in due course (Matthew 12:36 NIV). History repeats. Life challenges repeat itself until we correct our unalterable weaknesses. I would say, inner peace is the utmost blessing from God (NLT, Jeremiah 29:11). Negative emotions stop us from seeing God’s blessings behind a traumatic event.手札:老天爺(上帝)想的和我們不同,所以別用這個世界或資本主義的思維去解讀老天爺的想法或做法。不要記他人之惡,因為老天爺(上帝)都記在本子裡了!做該做的事,而不是想做的事。禍福相依,禮物或災難很多時候一時看不透,旁人也看不準。掉牙與產子都是巨痛,但創傷比例偏低,是因為人們給予了事件正面的存在意義,並且相信即便艱難,所有人都能熬過去的意志!所以創傷之所以存在,往往不是事件本身,而是人們的負面解讀和負面標籤!傲慢是聖經當中的惡之首,因為傲慢帶來偏見,偏見引發暴力歧視霸凌與迫害,如種族主義等等。inner peace是老天爺(上帝)給人們的禮物。想著別人的壞,為難了自己,想著別人的好,溫暖了自己!勿低估壞情緒與言語之惡,因為言語也能左右生死。理財,從照顧好自己的健康開始!人在做天在看,老天爺上帝都是證人,自有公斷。中西醫已證實悲傷憂鬱悲觀焦慮是疾病之根源。不安焦慮說的都是恐懼。勿低估甜食之惡(國外研究證實阿茲海默症患者禁糖可望逆轉病情)。學問、宗教和人際關係,最怕道聽塗說和一知半解。放下壞情緒,明天才是真的。一體兩面,隨波逐流有隨波逐流的輕鬆和代價。走不同的路,質疑和落單往往是必然的承受。不屬於你的,只會逗留不會久留。比較有價值的事很可能往往都是既麻煩耗時、沒絕對把握、又考驗耐心的事。高度的執著,也可能是一種自負的暗語。記住自己做過錯誤的判斷,就能裝大自己的彈性。人,勝不過天,盡人事聽天命已足夠,拜拜求心安很好,只是拜拜不等於許願池(老天爺是無法被賄賂的)。自己確信的事,讀聖經與否燒香拜拜與否都不是那麼絕對必要,只要你願意相信老天爺(上帝)時刻關注記錄我們的言行,而願意要求自己柔軟正直自律謙卑憐憫,也就足夠了。互相督促。聖經點出了怠惰、憤怒與追逐私利之惡,強調柔軟、自律與耐心的重要。聖經點出7 deadly sins 與7 heavenly virtues. 不支持廢死,偏好新加坡的法律,不犯法就無須擔心法律嚴格。基本人權,只有好好做人的人才可以使用基本人權!上帝眼裡,也有不可寬恕的罪,所以才有地獄。一般人對於好人的定義與上帝對於人類的基本要求差距很大,讀了聖經就會明白上帝對人類的基本期許,大約是儒家的聖人準則那樣高的期待。沒有人完美無誤,根據聖經的學習,用力去愛會是解答。

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