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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