Lunar New Year is coming up, and people are already greeting each other with goodwill proverbs like “Be healthy” (身體健康), “Be lucky and had windfall” (橫財就手), Kung Hei Fat Choi, i.e. get rich (恭喜發財) or “get what you wish for” (心想事成).
However, I kinda not like the last one. From what I experienced last year, I realized one thing: You can wish for whatever you want, but wishing doesn’t make things happen, doing things does.
Let me give you an example. I took up pottery last year, and had been continuously churning up pottery pieces every month or so. It is fascinating, all the things you can create with just clay balls and slabs, with just a few tools and your hands. Now, I love pottery pieces in the past, but never really considered to learn how to make it myself. That I got the idea and opportunity is really by chance.
That said, the thing I realized from my classes is: no matter how much you like pottery pieces, if you want the piece to be exactly what you want it to be, you have got to roll up your sleeves, don an apron, and get your hands dirty by shaping the clay yourself. And even then, there is no guarantee whether the piece will turn out the way you want it to be, there are so many factors, be it heat and moisture, the clay itself, how you handle it, that affect the final product.
But there is no reason to not doing it, even though there is a limit in what we can influence the way things go.
So, I won’t greet you with “get what you wish for”. Instead, I wish you “start doing what you wish for, and get it” (坐言起行，努力事成).