Lesson of Life

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LESSONS OF LIFE
BY LOK KRU BUTH SAVONG
(TRANSLATED

FROM MEREAN CHIVIT)

1 – GOOD PERSON LEARNS TO ADVISE HIMSELF
Some people might study a great deal of general subjects, but they are unable to educate and tame themselves. Therefore, they are careless in action, speech and other expressions. Action, speech, and other expressions tell us their self-education, self-advice, or self-discipline. As human beings, if we fail to tame, educate and advise ourselves, no one may train us to be a good person, just as a skillful driver only knows how to drive but has no discipline and no goal.

2 - GOOD BEGETS GOOD
Whether people know, see, or do not know or not see, praise or not praise, gain or lose, goodness is the work that needs to be done because it is a special reward the good-doer will receive in a timely manner.

3 - GETTING SALARY, BUT LIFE HAS RUN OUT FOR 30 DAYS
There are many people who work with monthly salary. They normally look forward to their pay at the end of each month. In this regard, they never think of life that has run out for thirty days too. Life draws closer to death or death comes closer and closer. Well, we get the money but our life has run out. Life is very precious. Even a millionaire or a great capitalist has nothing to guarantee his/her life. When death comes, he dies. If life can be guaranteed by property, the rich will not agree to die. 30-day life is worth more than a 30-day salary. The wise, therefore, ought to accumulate and keep goodness in their hearts, so they will not waste their precious life.

4 - OBSERVE AND LEARN FROM NATURE
If we are humble enough, both good people and bad people could be considered as our teachers. Good people are models for us to see that these are good, and we should follow their foot steps. While bad people receive bad results, they are examples for us to see, we should avoid and not associate with them.

Our past mistake could be considered as our teacher as well, we only have to be sure that we will not repeat the same mistake again.
If we learn to observe trees, forests and mountains, we would gain knowledge and develop wisdom from them. All of these natures reveal their own truth. 5 – SEE PEOPLE IN A POSITIVE WAY
Looking at other people and see only their good side is best practice and give honor to the person. This also trains and advises us to be more open and not self-centered. Normally, most people always look at their own good parts and look at the others for their faults. It would be better if we could learn to practice to do the opposite. This means we should try our best to find our own faults, and look at the others for their good parts, to a certain extent enough for us to see through. This is aimed to reduce our own faults, on one hand, and to bring happiness in daily life, on the other.

6 - TO BE GOOD OR BAD DEPENDS ON THOUGHTS
There is nothing bad unless we think it is bad. One thing is bad for a person, only because he thinks it is so bad. But, the same thing is not bad for another person, only because he does not think that way. This shows that to be bad or good does not rest on the external feature; it rests on the thoughts of each individual. Then, why should we agree to let our thoughts do bad things for us?

7 - IF YOU'RE AFRAID OF GETTING DIRTY DON'T TOUCH IT
A pig asks a lion to fight with him because he is jealous of the lion's reputation. But, the lion refuses to fight because the pig is so dirty with feces all over his body. Because the lion does not want to get dirty with feces, he refuses to fight and gives in to the pig. However, the lion's reputation does not abate.

Sometimes, good people also need to ignore the bad people and not counter-attack them. It is not because they are too frightened to resist but, it is because the good people do not want to get involved in different scandals.

8 - WHILE HATRED IS SUFFERING LOVE IS ALSO SUFFERING
If someone does something bad to us, we are not happy and thereby...
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