One day, I suddenly understood this small but profound truth: everything that we really cherish, you can have for free. Humanity is largely distracted from these things, even when it’s right in front of their noses.
In learning to cherish your life and all of those things that are already around you, you can revive the natural vitality and vibrancy of your life with this simple shift in perspective. So, in this earthly life, what are the things that are most precious and free?
It is an indisputable truth that you need sunlight to live. From infancy, the sun shines down upon you, warming you every day, and it doesn’t ask even a cent from you.
As long as you live, you require air, non-stop and every day. From ancient times until today, has anyone ever had to pay for this indispensable gift of life?
Whether rain or shine, this deep affection is love, heartfelt hope, and expectation welling up inside that’s common to all humanity. It is the deepest and most dependable feeling in all of life — it’s something money can’t buy.
When you come to this world, your parents care for you in every possible way. It is a love bonded by blood, and it does not even ask for love in return. No parents will ever tell their children: “Give me money, and then I’ll love you.”
A parent’s love does not depreciate as their child grows older. Even as parents grow old and weak, their love for their children does not diminish. As long as your parents are still alive, you will naturally be loved by them.
When you are lonely, it’s the person who silently accompanies you; when you fall, it’s the person who stretches out their hand; when you are sad, it’s the person who comforts you; when you are helpless, it’s the person who lends you a helping hand. They will never convert these good deeds into cash, and demand payment from you.
Whether you are extremely wealthy or a ragged wanderer, as long as you are willing, you are able to accomplish goals in life. Your goals can be great, ordinary, brilliant, or simple. As long as you are willing, you can go for it.
Everyone should have a firm and upright faith. Faith is the beginning of a new life, and the best home for your soul. Even through you encounter hardships and setbacks in your life, they cannot stop the path that you follow in faith.
Faith, hope, will, and dreams are all free of charge. You can have them as long as you want them. Wind, drizzle, bright moonlight, and sparkling stars — these beautiful things soothe your heart and soul, and are all free of charge. In short, God is fair, and long ago blessed all people everywhere with a most precious gift, life. I hope you will properly cherish it.
Original article: Translated by Chua Boon Ching and edited by Stefania Cox.