What you can’ t understand when blessed


Once you begin to desire something to excess, there is no limit to it. Even if you achieve a desire, you’ll begin to chase for another. You’ll never have a peaceful mind because of your desire.

  • once S+V いったんSがVしたら
  • desire 強く望む
  • to excess 過度に
  • limit 限界
  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても
  • achieve 達成する
  • chase for A Aを追求する
  • peaceful 穏やかな
  • because of A  Aのために

Also, as long as you’re caught up in the next desire, you can’t be grateful for the present situations. You are likely to take everything for granted. As far as I know, few of the rich who appear to be able to do everything they want have a peaceful mind. On the contrary, many of them have all the more worries or troubles because they are rich. In short, unless you are grateful for the present situations, you can’t have a mind filled with gratitude for life, regardless of the type of your trouble.

  • as long as S+V   SがVする限り
  • be caught up in A Aに夢中になっている
  • grateful 感謝した
  • the present situations 現状
  • be likely to~ 〜しそうである
  • take A for gratend Aを当たり前と思う
  • as far as  S know Sが知る限り
  • few ほとんど〜ない
  • the rich お金持ちの人々
  • on the contrary それどころか
  • all the ~because S+V SがVするためにますます〜
  • worry 心配事
  • in short 要するに
  • unless S+V SがVしない限り
  • be filled with A  Aで満たされた
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • for life 一生
  • regardless of A Aに関係なく

Not a few people think to themselves “No other person is more painful and in more difficult situation than I,” or “No one can understand me.” But they haven’t experienced the real difficulties. They are still lukewarm.

  • not a few A 少なからぬA
  • experience 経験する
  • lukewarm 生温い

When a human has experienced true difficulties, he, strange to say, begins to reconsider the basics of life and death, like being alive or being kept alive. It is far from a desire to kill himself, which appears out of agony at an early stage. Conversely, he remembers that he is happy just to be alive. Ultimate difficulties bring about laughter somehow.

  • strange to say 奇妙なことに
  • reconsider 見つめ直す
  • basics 原点
  • alive 生きている
  • be far from A Aどころではない
  • kill oneself 自殺する
  • agony 苦悶
  • coversely 逆に
  • ultimate 究極の
  • bring about A Aを引き起こす
  • laughter 笑い
  • somehow どういうわけか

Many of the people who have experienced true difficulties have a bright personality. It is not that they are cheerful by nature, but that they have become so after going through hardships. They might have nothing to lose.

  • bright personality 明るい性格
  • cheerful 明るい
  • by nature 生まれつき
  • go through A Aを経験する
  • have nothing to lose 失うものが何もない

Japanese people must have experienced hardships at the period right after the war. They lost families and everything, but revived with a brave spirit from nothing but burnt-out ruins. The number of suicides would have been much smaller than in this present age. Because every one of them knew by instinct the preciousness of being kept alive.

  • must have pp 〜したに違いない
  • after the war 戦後
  • lose 失う
  • revive 生き返る
  • with a brave spirit 勇敢に
  • burnt-out ruins 焼け野原
  • suicide 自殺者
  • present age 現代
  • instinct 本能
  • preciousness 大切さ

In that sense, it may be said that the people who can’t notice the preciousness of being kept alive are in happy situations. I hope they will notice it before it’s too late. Now, now, and now is important, and in this world so many blessings are all around.

  • in that sense その意味で
  • notice 気がつく
  • before it’s too late 手遅れにならない内に
  • blessing 有り難いもの

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.