Do Good Deeds Even If You Do them for Self-Satisfaction

天津 神様

” I did what I thought was good for a man, but I found that he thought of nothing of it. On the contrary, he took advantage of me and used me. Things go wrong no matter what I do. Am I being tested by God? I can’t believe anybody. I will chose doing nothing.” Have you ever thought  like this?

  • on the contrary それどころか
  • take advantage of A Aに付け込む
  • go wrong うまくいかない
  • test 試す

If you expect something in return for what you do for others, you’re likely to have this kind of feelings. This is not a good example, but it is often said that if you lend some money to someone, you should do so realizing that there is a possibility for the money not to be returned. Otherwise, you may get in trouble and suffer later.

  • expect 期待する
  • in return お返しに
  • be likely to~ 〜しそうである
  • possibly 可能性
  • otherwise さもないと
  • get in trouble 厄介なことになる
  • suffer 苦しむ

What you do for others can be a nuisance for them. You may be doing the good just to satisfy yourself without considering the other’s position. Or you can be blamed for what you did because of misunderstanding. However, I think doing good to others is still a good thing whether it is for your self-satisfaction. The fact itself that you did something for others is important., for it’s important for you to etch good deeds in the space of this world regardless of judgements of others. But keep in mind that you had better not expect any good reaction from them.

  • nuisance 迷惑
  • self-centered 自己中心的な
  • satisfy 満足させる
  • misunderstanding 誤解
  • etch  刻む
  • regardless of A Aに関係なく
  • had better not~ 〜しないほうがよい

Let’s take for example the relationship between parents and children. Suppose a mother has bought an expensive clothes for her son without asking. At the sight of the clothes, he says ” I hate this kind of clothes. I’ll never wear it!” She tries to make him wear it, but they start quarreling. She was thinking that the clothes would look good on him. She just wanted to see him in it.

  • relationship 関係
  • suppose 考える
  • expensive 高価な
  • at the sight of A Aを見て
  • quarrel 口喧嘩する
  • look good 似合う

In later years, his mother died. And when the son is pulling her belongings together, he happens to find that the clothes he wouldn’t wear has been treasured in her closet. He, who has his own children, remembers her love for himself with tears in his eyes.

  • in later years 後年
  • belonging 持ち物
  • pull A together Aを整理する
  • happen to~ 偶然〜する
  • treasure 大切にする
  • tears 涙

Similarly, it takes time to realize the meaning of love others showed you. So you don’t have to despair even if you cannot have any good response. What you did for others trying to help them will be stuck in the back of their mind in time, no matter how abusive they were at first. Important is you  tried to relate to them. To choose a life unrelated to others would make you separate from Inner God in your heart.

  • similarly 同様に
  • despair 絶望する
  • stuck 引っかかる
  • in time やがて
  • relate 関わる
  • Inner God 内在神

Did you have a quarrel? It’s good. Without the other, you can’t do it.

Were you deceived? It’s good. Observe the other’s behavior with care from the next time on.

If you catch a child you don’t know doing something wrong, scold the child and be hated.

  • deceive 騙す
  • observe 観察する
  • catch A ~ing Aが〜しているところを目撃する
  • scold 叱る

A society where there are a lot of adults who never preach at or ignore children doing wrong is a cold society. People who try to relate to you may be affectionate for better or for worse. Everything will turn out to be good memories.

  • affectionate 愛情深い
  • for better or for worse 良かれ悪しかれ
  • turn out to be~ 〜であるとわかる
  • memory 思い出

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

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.

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