To Forget Gratitude Would Lead You to Unhappiness

森羅万象第6巻 表紙

I hear that former Prime Minister Mr.Takeshita made it a rule to have dinner at home however late he came home. A statesman, he must have gone to a lot of meetings at exclusive Japanese restaurants, which charge a lot of money, like a hundred thousand yen per person. It is said that he didn’t touch any served dish there and after going back home, ate rice with tea poured over it or dried fish. If I were him, I would have been happy to eat the dishes served at the restaurant with a smile on my face, as long as they were free of charge, though.

  • Prime Minister 首相
  • make it a rule to~   〜することにしている
  • statesman 政治家
  • dish 料理
  • free of charge 無料で

If you eat such an expensive dish everyday, you won’t be moved by it any longer and will lose gratitude for it. You’ll be fed up at the mere sight of the dish. The former Prime Minister must have felt good at home, drinking a cup of sake and seeing his wife’s face and his grandchildren.

  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • be fed up with A Aにうんざりする
  • mere  単なる
  • grandchildren 孫達

If you live taking for granted what has already existed around you, always complaining like “I have to work today, too”, “My angry wife is waiting for me at home”, “My husband is always idle at home on Sundays, or “Today’s side dish is poor,” you will surely come to lose gratitude for it. In losing your job, family, meals, or health, you lose it in a moment.

  • take A for granted Aを当たり前と思う
  • complain 不平を言う
  • idle 怠惰な
  • in a moment 一瞬で

During a wedding ceremony, everyone is impressed and thinks that he/she is going to be with the partner till death do their apart, no matter what, and can get over any difficulty. However, as you take for granted being with your partner everyday, you will come to wish your partner were more close to your ideal. Remembering a quarrel between you and your partner, you may feel pain.

  • impressed 感動して
  • ideal 理想
  • quarrel 口喧嘩
  • feel pain 苦しむ

Pains arise when you’ve taken it for granted that you’re alive. Any problem is trifle, looked at from a viewpoint of “life and death”. Is your husband having an affair? Then, suppose you’re going to die tomorrow. That’s nothing. You could think of him as a fool and laugh at him. Does your boss use abusive language to you? But still you’re alive and can be paid, too. Take a look at the present moment with gratitude in mind for being kept alive, and you’ll see all and everything is precious. To worry is to waste your time.

  • arise 生じる
  • alive 生きている
  • trifle ささいな
  • have an affair 浮気をする
  • abusive language 暴言

There used to be an old lady at my office suffering from Huntington’s disease. I often saw her walking as if she were dancing because of involuntary movement caused by the disease. People who saw her for the first time would often stop to see her. Children would laugh at her, mimicking her movement. She went out for a walk on sunny days. I couldn’t help but wonder if I could go out if I were like her. But she always had a friendly face. She looked as if she tried to enjoy being able to walk itself and etch the moment in her heart forever. Do you take it for granted that you can walk? Are you thankful for being able to do that?

  • involuntary 不随意の
  • mimic 真似る
  • cannot help but~   〜せざるを得ない
  • thankful 感謝して

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 me/us alive.

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