感恩的真諦The True Essence Of Gratitude
Recently, I have been hearing many people saying that they are grateful to me. Beside being slightly taken aback by them, my instinct tells me that they do not quite understand the true meaning of gratitude.
Being grateful is not just about feeling thankful to the person who have shown us kindness. We should also be following his or her example by learning from his or her right thought, action and speech and passing on these principles to our next generation. This is the true meaning of gratitude.
Gratitude is not merely paying lip service. Nor is it feeling grateful this minute and turning your back on your benefactor the next minute! If this is the case, there is no gratitude to speak of. You are, instead, repaying kindness with vengeance. This is the characteristic of an ingrate with wretched morals. Such non-virtuous behaviour will bring misfortune to our ancestors as well!
Gratitude should come from the bottom of our heart, and not mere lip service. The gratitude must be translated into actions. It should always be remembered, for the entire lifetime, unchanged, undeterred and must be repaid. Such is the true essence of gratitude.