Grounded on core values of respect, love, and service to the elderly, the Xinyue Senior Center of Chongqing, China, promotes social work services for senior citizens and builds a harmonious living environment for them.
Grandfather Yang Su Mei was born in October 1934. He is a descendant of the Chongqing group. As a young man, he was a chemical plant director and a chief engineer. Ever since he was diagnosed with diabetes, this grandfather fell in love with painting. Without any professional background in painting, he began his painting journey.
Grandfather Yang Su Mei says that before he begins painting, he likes to imagine the image in his mind. Then, using a gouache or watercolor pen, he outlines the image and continues to develop and improve it. Although the content of the painting is not professional quality, he is content with his work. Today, painting has not only become a form of happiness and source of energy for him, it also represents to him hope.
Life is like a pot of tea. We need to not only savor the aftertaste, but also to pay specific attention to the making of the tea in order to ensure its rich taste. To grandfather Yang Su Mei, his life has become a pot of tea, one in which he continues to learn and enrich the heart to harvest hope.
Original article written by Fan Yang, translated by Nina Chen, edited by Yanyan Zhang and Carolyn D.
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