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ALWAYS A GUANYIN

by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Miao Guang

Show a happy face at times of sadness,
Be aware of sorrow at times of happiness.

Maintain composure at busy times,
Be ready for busy occasions at times of leisure.

Keep self-respect at times of poverty,
Show humility at times of wealth.

Retain a gentle attitude at times of impetuosity,
Show aggressiveness at times of slowness.

Be optimistic at times of sadness,
Be aware of sadness at times of happiness.

Have a compassionate mind when angry,
Maintain the seriousness of anger when being compassionate.

When life is treating you well,
be prepared for disappointment.

When you are disappointed,
be ready to enjoy the good times in life.

When you own something,
be the one to give joyfully.

When you practice joyful giving,
experience the gratitude of having.

── from Fo Guang Cai Gen Tan (Mindful Wisdom, Heartful Joy)