365 Days for Travelers: Sep 21

THANK HEAVEN (EXCERPT)

During meals when I was a child, my grandmother
would always say, “God bestowed this meal for
our family to eat. Remember, we are not allowed
to have a single grain of rice left in our bowls. If we
waste food, Heaven will not give us meals.”

Every year, my grandfather toiled, clenching his
teeth in the rain, while my grandmother
painstakingly cooked and made tea. They
understood they had to work until sweat dripped
from their brows to collect wheat from the field,
but why thank Heaven?

It was until two years ago when I read Einstein’s The
World as I See It did I begin to have some new
understanding. While his theory of relativity is
original and groundbreaking history, with no
references cited, but in the end, he remarked out of
the blue, “Thank you to my colleague and friend,
Besso, for our discussions.” And I asked myself why
he didn’t take credit for such a great accomplishment.

In recent years, I’ve had a new realization that no
matter what the situation is, we receive too much
from others and contribute too little. Because there
are so many people we are indebted to, we should
thank causes and conditions. No matter what the
situation is, what we need is not the inheritance and
the contributions of our ancestors, but the support
and cooperation of everyone, as well as the arrival of
opportunities. The more we have done, the more
insignificant we begin to feel our contributions are.

As a result, those who begin undertakings naturally
think of the public, and those who fail are the ones
who spend all their time thinking of themselves.