Every year passed is a year of life prolonged; every occasion of joy multiplies such joy. The ups and downs in life are always in the hands of heaven*, so why be tangled up by innumerable worries?
Broaden your mind, and never lessen in magnanimity, for the successes and abolishments across time are too numerous to be counted. Wealth and prosperity are but dusts in the eye; the endeavors of the Marquis of Huaiyin eventually caused him to bleed by the blade.
Tao Qian sat by the fence and enjoyed the yellow chrysanthemums, while Fan Li remained at the riverbank besides the silvery cattails. Heroism was witnessed at the Lintong Gathering, while melodies of the flute were silenced in the Danyang Prefecture.
To be carefree, be inspired by the sagely spirits. It is not until now does one finally taste the difference; rough clothing and bland food suffice to satisfy one’s daily needs, and shall provide for a humble life.
* Refers to Cause and Effect in this instance.