Buddhism, Life Lesson, Positive Thinking

Living In a Grateful World

Rainbow Parrots Photo by Mike Jones
Rainbow Parrots Photo by Mike Jones

I came across the teachings of Ven. Master Chin Kung, words of inspiration and motivation, as for some of us need it more than others…I know I do.

Be grateful to those who have hurt or harmed you, for they have reinforced your determination.

Be grateful to those who have deceived you, for they have deepened your insight.

Be grateful to those who have hit you, for they have reduced your karmic obstacles.

Be grateful to those who have abandoned you, for they have taught you to be independent.

Be grateful to those who have made you stumble, for they have strengthened your ability.

Be grateful to those who have denounced you, for they have increased your wisdom and concentration.

Be grateful to those who have made you firm & resolute and helped in your achievement.

  • Photo: Mike Jones Photo
  • Book: The Teachings of the Buddha by Dharma Master Chang Hsing

9 thoughts on “Living In a Grateful World”

  1. Great insight!! LOved them!!!
    If only people can really see the world in that way it would be a even better universe.

    Here is a little quote I had made up couple years ago after going through many obsticle… Now it is my little headline to my old blog.. and my myspace page..

    ..and the tears you given me are just the tears of my past, the pain u slap onto my face are just the pain of strenght, the hurtful words you said to me are the words of wisdom, the looks you given me are the looks that hides nothing but the coward that you are, the lies you said are the lies that holds everything that you wish you are, because im not who you think i am, and im not who you want me to be.. because I am myself, because I am Ze.

    I wish I can disclaim Hleemoua but she’ll murder me for that so yes, she is my little sister. I was just joking about the disclaiming her, but yes, she is my younger sister. She lives with my parents about an hour and a half away, so I hardly see her and she do really enjoy getting on my nerves. But that’s what sisters are for right.

    Thanks.. Whenever I stop by my parent’s place I’ll try to take more pictures of their garden

  2. mozemoua, I absolutely love your version, many times our hurts lashes out to those closest to us, and same as our parents and respectable elders, their hurts lashes out on us, but if we can survive all this, it’s only a character builder for us, and they left an invisible scars as a reminder, but they also bear the emotional scars of the war, I think sometimes it’s hard being in their shoes, and with their harsh words, sometimes I wondered who hurt more, us or them. Thanks for sharing your version (it sounds like a bad relationship situation), but definitely a character builder, it’s very touching.

  3. Sometimes looking at things from a different perspective can be helpful.

    Those are very valuable words of wisdom. I hope you are able to find your inspiration soon.

  4. Thanks Salat, I think there are 2 kinds of problem in this world, the kind that you can fix and the kind that you can’t fix. The kind that you can fix, you might not see the solution right away and looking from a different perspective can be helpful or even seeking advice from friends or professional can be helpful. The kind that you can’t fix is depressing, and I think it takes time, the best that one can do is to let time to take care of itself and come to term with it. And life goes on.

  5. Someone passed this along to me and I wanted to share it with you. Sorry that it’s so long & possibly taking up your comment space. 🙂

    “A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 ounces to 20 ounces.

    The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, I’ll have to call an ambulance.”

    “In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” He continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

    “As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.”

  6. Salat, in that case, you might have to send a hearse to get me.

    Thanks for talking to me, I feel much better today, things will work out at the end, it always does. 🙂

  7. The quotes would work great for the enlighten people. If we can assume that we are here on planet for a reason then those are the reasons. We are here to work past an obstacle that was (strategically) put here for us. What we do or how we solve these obstacles are all our choice. For the melancholy person those words are very hard to put into use. Only years later will it truly makes sense.

    A solution I use for for breaking the spell of melancholy is to do things. I don’t know, maybe rake some leaves, plant potteries, drive a few miles, paint, draw, listen to music.

  8. Thanks Sim, it would be nice if we could fast forward our lives then we could skip any part that we don’t like, because at certain times, it seems to be moving in slow motion or even stand still, but that’s only in video where we could cut, edit, and paste and as a result, perfection. But in reality, it’s replaying that scene, incident, or images over and over.

    I learned to accept that life is a journey, and it’s not always going to be a smooth sailing, especially for me, it’s better to accept the fact, the situation now then to be in denial and pretend that (bad) things never happen, that we never make the mistake, and as for me, it’s a wrong judgment call, when more than one person (me) is involved, then the outcome is unpredictable.

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