The Most Vital Thing in Life

When you feel like saying something
— That you know you will regret,
Or keenly feel an insult
— Not quite easy to forget,
That's the time to curb resentment
— And maintain a mental peace,
For when your mind is tranquil
— All your ill-thoughts simply cease.

It is easy to be angry
— When defrauded or defied,
To be peeved and disappointed
— If your wishes are denied;
But to win a worthwhile battle
— Over selfishness and spite,
You must learn to keep strict silence
— Though you know you're in the right.

So keep your mental balance
— When confronted by a foe,
Be it enemy in ambush,
— Or some danger that you know.
If you are poised and tranquil
— When all around is strife,
Be assured that you have mastered
— The most vital thing in life.

When you feel like saying something
— That you know you will regret,
Or keenly feel an insult
— Not quite easy to forget,
That's the time to curb resentment
— And maintain a mental peace,
For when your mind is tranquil
— All your ill-thoughts simply cease.

It is easy to be angry
— When defrauded or defied,
To be peeved and disappointed
— If your wishes are denied;
But to win a worthwhile battle
— Over selfishness and spite,
You must learn to keep strict silence
— Though you know you're in the right.

So keep your mental balance
— When confronted by a foe,
Be it enemy in ambush,
— Or some danger that you know.
If you are poised and tranquil
— When all around is strife,
Be assured that you have mastered
— The most vital thing in life.
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