Enjoy life in a few seconds between lifting one foot and falling the other foot.
When I first arrived in West Point, I was only 22 years old, the youngest lecturer in the Department. At that time, World War II was over, and the US economy was booming. I feel that life is like a feast at the very beginning. Delicious food will continue to appear. It will not matter if you miss one or two dishes. There must be a better one later. But lieutenant Ralph changed my outlook on life.
The Dean sent me to the airport to meet a lieutenant Ralph, a World War II hero who was invited to make a speech. He spent time in the Second World War to rescue his comrades in arms, and won the Bronze Star Medal. Lieutenant Ralph is only a few years older than me. He likes baseball and rock music as much as I do. After I introduced each other, I accompanied Ralph to the lobby of the airport hall to pick up his luggage. It took only 5 minutes from the boarding gate to the hall, but we walked for at least 20 minutes, because the lieutenant walked a few steps and said to me, "please wait."
The first time to say "a little wait" was because an old woman's luggage fell off the cart and Ralph used to help her. When he was "slightly waiting", he lifted the two children to see the plane ready to take off on the runway outside the window, and the third and fourth times to pull me to the wall. The two Impressionist oil paintings; the fifth time I stopped and chatted with a funny airport cleaner. And every time after "wait", Ralph's face will show a sweet smile, as if he had just eaten the most delicious chocolate cake.
To tell you the truth, I visited Stewart airport near the military academy more than once, but every time I passed by. The impression of this is a rough and crowded airport. I didn't even know that the walls on both sides of the passage were full of famous oil paintings donated by famous artists. Following Ralph, I first discovered that there were so many people around me who needed help. For the first time, I noticed that there were so many interesting things around me. I asked the lieutenant curiously, "are you like this from childhood?"
"You asked me if I knew how to enjoy every moment of my life?" Ralph shook his head. "No, before I joined the army, I also felt that life was long. Even if I missed anything, there would always be a chance to make up for it later. But the war taught me another attitude. " Then the lieutenant explained that his detachment was responsible for clearing the mines, and many times he saw that his comrades who had just walked around were badly blasted.
"At that time, our life was measured by one step, and every foot could step into the domain of death. Slowly, I learned to enjoy life in a few seconds between raising one foot and dropping the other foot, and I learned to look around the world before I took the next step, because it might be the last step of my life. Every step is the beginning of a new life if you want to, and it will bring a new world.