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A LIFE OF GRATITUDE
by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English Translation: Sasha Lyapina

A grateful person has affection and righteousness;
A grateful person has a generous heart.

Only a life filled with gratitude
knows the meaning of giving;
Only a life filled with gratitude
understands what true wealth is.

Let us be grateful for the shining summer sun,
and the autumn and winter frost and snow,
For they help to bring a year of harvest.

Let us be grateful for the lofty mountains and surging ocean,
For they teach us to be humble and tolerant.

A grateful life is a happy life;
The sense of gratitude is an abundance of wisdom;
The spirit of gratitude is a plentiful basket of treasures.
The habit of gratitude is an exemplar to society;

Let the sense of gratitude be ever present,
and life shall surely be wondrous.

── from Renjian Yinyuan (Sounds of the Human World)