My name is Laurie and I want to let you know how grateful I am for your financial help with the great blue heron I found injured last Sunday. I phoned and a very helpful woman put me in touch with Andy who met me and provided me with cash to take the bird to the Atlantic wildlife Institute for care. It was the most kind experience I ever had and I hope I can repay the favor. If you ever need help with your animals or anything I would love to help.
When I first came to this island in May this year, I stayed in a house by the shore instead. Back in Taiwan the weather is hot and humid; on the island, it feels chill. I really like it here. The island is beautiful and it feels good to live here.
It’s beautiful because the environment is clean. The sea is crystal-clear. The air is pure and fresh. It feels good living here because the people here are kind-hearted, honest and peaceful. This is a fortunate place. People on this island are fortunate too. So am I.
It is great to have Lorin and Douglas Panting as our neighbors. Ever since we moved to Little Sands campus, the Pantings have been helping us in many ways: buying vans, fixing vehicles, repairing flat tires, searching houses for rent, finding farmers for food, advices for getting ready for the so-called “PEI’s unbearable severe” winter…you name it ! No wonder Lorin is honorably regarded as the “guardian angel” in this community. Whenever we go to their garage, they always welcome us and ask what they can do for us.
My favourite affliction is anger. The hospital where I work provides me with the opportunity to work on the paramita of patience, an antidote to anger. Yesterday I attended the delivery of a 6-week premature infant who required the insertion an umbilical arterial catheter to provide fluids to the infant. It is a very difficult procedure but went well and the line was perfectly placed. However, the nurse working with me stepped on the line and pulled it out of the infant. Instead of criticizing her, as I would normally have done, I replaced the line after much difficulty and told her that I simply needed the practice. While my mind was still full of things I could have said to her, I said nothing. First to work on my actions, then on the afflictions.
Years ago, when I married my husband, I learned with his help that all the faults that we see in so called OTHER are actually our hidden problems that surface when we meet our mirrors and are the things we need to deal with within ourselves. What a realization, what a wake up call. Indeed, it was a hard journey.
Last summer I, along with a few fellow student monks of GEBIS, once pulled over the van on the roadside because the “check engine” light was lit. One couple stopped and asked if we need any help. Two minutes later, another gentleman stopped his car and also tried to help. He checked the engine and told us not to worry, for it might be due to the malfunction of the computer system. If only one person came to help, I would not have been so surprised. Other monks had experienced similar cases as well.