Something to Do, Something to Love, And Something to Hope for

Written by Bo Wang

Translated by R. Liu

Cover image by Ting2 for Spring Grass Publishing

Together with the lush flowers in my little Man Garden in silence, I was waiting for the arrival of the new year. It’s in the air as it covenants.


Casting a retrospective glimpse, 2020 has again proven itself an unusual year, filled with hardships on grand levels and also on personal levels. Out of the blue, I came to realize the incredible beauty of the arrival “as promised.” How weary, restless, or gut-wrenching it could be, just to wait, wait and wait! The seemingly interminable drudgery, however, ended up in no disappointment. How beautiful the waiting turned out to be!


Winter Tree
Photo credit to Hans Braxmeier

A new year almost guarantees new possibilities, some as essential as turning points while some perhaps less critical. Under my adoring gazes, the bushes and blossoms uttered no words but let breezes rustle through their branches and leaves. The universe is a hotel for us travelers, to have a break along our long journey. No matter what had to happen, what had to experience, even dark or gloomy, no need

to fret or frown. Move on.


Like how the classic author Joseph Addison put, “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” Exactly. So, on the first day of 2021, let us make wishes for happiness with some company of trees, blossoms and beauty.


Photo credit to Larisa Koshkina

May we keep the courage to fly like free spirits, delighted by dreams of poetry and the far afield.


May we appreciate the affections from those within the family and community, among or beyond the pots and pans.


May we love, cherish and carry on, no looking back but forward. At the end of a tough bitter winter, everyone sees a lavish green mountain emerging in spring.


一有希望,二有事做,三能爱人


撰文:王波


和满园花树一起静候,新年如约而至。

回首过去的特殊的一年,我们经历了太多的难关,有时代的大难关,有个人的小难关。忽然发现,“如约而至”是个多么美好的词,等得辛苦,却不会辜负。

新的一年,总会带来一些新的可能,或许是转折,又或许不是。望着满园花树,花树们静默无言,只有风吹过枝叶。天地如逆旅,我等是行人,回首向来萧瑟处,不枉凝眉就好。

有位作家说,幸福的生活有三个不可缺的因素:一是有希望,二是有事做,三是能爱人。如此,新年第一天,让我们在花树与美好下,许一些与幸福有关的愿望吧。

愿我们还有勇气扇动翅膀,心里还能保留诗和远方。

愿我们能够感受到来自身边最真切的关怀,在平平淡淡的生活中,在一日三餐柴米油盐的琐碎里。

愿我们且行且珍且爱,向前走,莫停留,在平芜的尽处,看见春山。


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