Illusions Make You Forget Your Happiness

The other day, I saw a TV commercial where a master pays his apprentice a salary for the first time.

Master: “Save 20% of it.”

Apprentice: “Ha! I think I can’t.”

Master: “Well, then try to live with 80% of the salary.”

Apprentice: “Maybe I can. I’ll do it.”

The master is saying the same thing, but how he says it gave the apprentice a new hope. The same thing is true of life.

  • master 師匠
  • apprentice 見習い
  • save 取っておく
  • be true of A Aに当てはまる

People are apt to take for granted that they’re kept alive and be troubled by a slight difference, comparing themselves to others. According to the latest science, most planets in the universe are barren. In this sense, it’s really a miracle that the earth exists in the universe and that you are living there now. You should know you’re very lucky to be alive.

  • be apt to~ 〜しがちである
  • alive 生きている
  • troubled 悩む
  • slight わずかな
  • compare 比較する
  • barren 不毛の

You might be poor, sick, out of job, or disappointed in love. But these situations never fail to change. They’re like illusions because they change all the time. Such illusions, which account for, say, 20% of your life, make you forget your happiness, which accounts for 80% of your life. All you have to do is live. Even if you are sick in bed unable to move, you are a universe as long as you’re alive.

  • never fail to~ 必ず〜する
  • all the time いつも
  • account for A Aを占める
  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても

People are easily overwhelmed by this kind of illusion. This is why it’s important for you to say to yourself “I’m grateful for being kept alive” in your daily lives. By doing this, you’ll realize that everything happening to you is possible because you are alive, come to see things from a broader perspective, and be reminded of a big happiness you’ve already have.

  • overwhelm 圧倒する
  • this is why S+V こういうわけでSはVする
  • possible 可能な
  • perspective 物の見方
  • be reminded of A Aを思い出す

A life full of happenings can be said to be a fulfilling one. If you experience and accept both joys and sorrows with gratitude, you’re sure to be surprised to see how huge your fortune is after you go back to the other world. I’m very sure about this. Everything in this world comes down to:

  • fulfilling 充実した
  • gratitude 感謝
  • fortune 財産
  • come down to A 結局はAになる

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

I AM GRATEFUL FOR BEING KEPT ALIVE.