What We Cannot Afford to Lose—Inner Peace
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! The topic of my speech today is “what we cannot afford to lose—inner peace”. Well, to begin my lecture, I’d like to ask you a
question. Have you ever experienced such a situation—accompanied by the soft
music, close your eyes and imagine yourself wandering in the forest, with something new greeting your eyes, the ears and the nose? If yes, then congratulations! You are cultivating inner peace!
As the pace of life continues to quicken, it becomes hard to resist the lure of doing more things and trying to solve a myriad of problems. In place of old wants, we find new wants. Not a day passes when we do not hear the reports of suicide. To my perspective, anxiety is the main factor to cause the tragedy, so to avoid this, inner peace is the most valuable thing that we can cultivate.
As a student, we are being up to ears all day, buried in a stack of homework and a wide assortment of books. Too much often, we feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety. However, inner peace leads to freedom from excessive anxieties. Inner peace serves for delight, for ornament and for ability. Its chief use for delight is in freedom from care, for ornament is in temperament, and for ability is in the judgment and disposition of business. If you have inner peace, nobody can force you to be a slave to the outer reality. Thus we are strong enough to struggle against any hardship.
Without inner peace, how could Sima Qian finish《Records of the Grand
Historian 》when imprisoned? Without inner peace, how could Goethe complete
《Faust》in nearly 60 years? Without inner peace, how could Van Gogh accomplish 《Sunflowers》when down and out?
Ladies and gentlemen! Let this affirmation be our ringing cry. It will give us the courage to face the uncertainties of the future. It will give our weary heart freshness and spiritual comfort as we get afflicted with thousands of anxieties. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward success.
So, are you ready? Try it？