A friend of mine shared this on Facebook, something that has been translated from the original in Chinese and I do think that it makes a whole lot of sense and there are things that everyone should bear in mind in his or her life…to lead a happy and meaningful one. Go on, read it for yourself and let me know what you think:
There are 1000-year-old trees in the mountain, but not many 100-year-old people. At the most, you will live until 100 years old, only 1 in 100,000. If you are 70, you only have 30 years left. If you are 80, you only have 20.
Because you do not have many years to live, and you cannot take along things when you go, you do not have to be too thrifty. Spend the money that should be spent, enjoy what should be enjoyed and do not leave very much to your children or grandchildren, for you do not want them to become parasites.
Do not worry too much about your children for they will have their own destiny and find their own way. Do not expect too much from your children. Caring children, though caring, would be too busy with their jobs and commitments to render any help. Uncaring children may fight over your assets even when you are still alive, and wish for your early demise so they can inherit your property. Your children take for granted that they are rightful heirs to your wealth; but you have no claims to their money.
Do not worry about what will happen after you are gone because when you return to dust, you will no longer feel whatever praises or criticisms there may be. Avoid people that cause stress.
Once you are old, do not trade in your health for wealth anymore because your money may not be able to buy your health. When should you stop making money, and how much is enough? A hundred, a thousand, a million, ten million? Out of a thousand hectares of good farm land, you can only consume a handful of rice daily; out of a thousand mansions, you only need eight square meters of space to rest at night. So as long as you have enough food and enough money to spend, that is good enough.
You should live happily. Every family has its own problems. Just do not compare yourself with others for fame and social status and see whose children are doing better. Do not worry about things that you cannot change because it does not help and it may spoil your health. You have to create your own well-being and find your own happiness. Think about happy things, do happy things daily and have fun in doing them, then you will pass your time happily every day.
One day passes, you will lose one day.
One day passes with happiness, and you gain one day.
In good spirit, sickness will cure; in happy spirit, sickness will cure fast;
In good and happy spirit; sickness will never come.
Above all, learn to cherish the goodness around ……and your FRIENDS – they all make you feel young and wanted and without them, you are sure to feel lost.