"Choose a job you love, and you'll never have to work a day in your life." I'm so happy that I took my great grandfather's advice. He was beyond wise. Everyday is such a blessing to me because I absolutely love what I do. Confucius lived from 551 - 479 BC. He impacted all of China and Asia for thousands of years - from government, to school, to family ideals and beyond. His contribution to Chinese culture even influenced Chinese Medicine - which, as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, I am so grateful for. As the 71st generation direct descendant of this amazing philosopher, I feel the responsibility to carry on my lineage and bless as many lives as I can.
My grandfather was born in China and immigrated to Taiwan. After his kids had grown, the entire family immigrated to the United States. In the 70's he returned to China and visited a Confucius temple in QuFu. (Today, this area is known as the Shandong Province.) My grandfather entered the the temple and signed the guest book...when the temple workers then realized that he was a 69th generation descendant of Confucius, they were astonished and proceeded to open the main temple gates for him to walk through. This was a great honor because during the Qing and Ming dynasty, the main gates were used only for the Emperor to pass through.
The surname of Confucius is 'Kung'. I'm proud and humbled to be from this bloodline. When I see how much Confucius has influenced the world, especially Asia, it astounds me. Even today his writings are being taught throughout China. In fact, a few of my patients who were raised in China have told me that they studied all of Confucius' books growing up in school and that his teachings are a foundational aspect of the school curriculum today.
I could go on with more stories but instead I will leave you with another quote I love from my dear wise great grandfather of 71 generations:
"To put the world right in order, we must put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right." - Confucius.
He was so ahead of his time, and I stand ever amazed at how much I concur with his thinking. My brain has always been philosophizing, even since a young age. I must have gotten it from him! Today, my wellness center's motto is "Love Is Medicine", and every ounce of my heart and soul is passionately focused on healing the hearts of man. I like to believe I got that from him too.
- Angela Kung
Descendant of Confucius