Happiness is related to things we perceive as positive while inner peace is acceptance of the good and bad things in our life.

–Shereen

I’m still grappling with the meaning of this statement. Happiness may elude us sometimes, but it is at times like this when we may work towards achieving inner peace instead. I think inner peace is more important for us. When we achieve inner peace, we won’t become extremely joyful when happiness comes our way. 张韶涵的《其实很爱你》comes to mind – 感动越是深刻,寂寞就越伤人。Likewise, we would also not be too depressed when happiness slips away. I won’t say inner peace is any easier to achieve than happiness, but I suppose inner peace can be found within, unlike happiness which might be out of reach sometimes.

Thank you Shereen for this quote. I enjoy reading what you write because you have this special ability to put the most delicate (and hard-to-describe) sentiments into words.

And because I feel the lyrics are so beautiful, here’s the whole song:

其实很爱你

主唱:张韶涵
填词:阿沁
作曲:阿沁

离开不会太悲伤
有些心情该释放
直到眼泪它自己落下
才发现骗不了自己
其实很爱你

现在学着去遗忘
躲开有你的地方
回忆被谁放在书架上
把它从最高的地方落下

感动越是深刻
寂寞就越伤人喔
每个人的心里都
会有一段伤痕
像白纸的天真
仿佛被你伤得好深
相爱不需要理由
离开也没有理由挽留
 
现在学着去遗忘
躲开有你的地方
回忆被谁放在书架上
把它从最高的地方落下

感动越是深刻
寂寞就越伤人喔
每个人的心里都
会有一段伤痕
像白纸的天真
仿佛被你伤得好深
相爱不需要理由
离开也没有理由挽留

(And because I can’t embed the video here due to copyright, here’s the youtube link to the song.)

It’s always said that we don’t need a reason to love someone. But if that is true, then isn’t the reverse true as well? We don’t have a reason to make someone stay as well.

I feel so sorry for Japan. And the shopkeepers. Because no one will buy their stuff anymore.

–uttered by the very same tutee who said he wants to set up a circuit to electrocute cockroaches

He just said it randomly out of the blue (just like when he said the roaches thing). What he said sounds perfectly ordinary actually, but somehow his words still struck me. Maybe it’s because he’s only in Sec 1 that makes his words have more impact. Other kids his age most likely wouldn’t care about things happening in some other place, much less think about implications of such events. (I feel ashamed to say that when 911 happened, I was in Sec 1 and it didn’t have much impact on me. I couldn’t understand what was happening then, or the consequences of it) Or am I underestimating sec 1s? Haha. But he is really very mature for his age. I think he will turn out to be a good person.