To have friends in need is sweet
And to share happiness.
And to have done something good
Before leaving this life is sweet,
And to let go of sorrow.

To be a mother is sweet,
And a father.
It is sweet to live arduously,
And to master yourself.

O how sweet is is to enjoy life,
Living in honesty and strength!

And wisdom is sweet,
And freedom.


I like this passage as it talks about many of the core experiences of being human: friends, family, happiness, work, parenthood... All the essential experiences of this life. They are all presented as opportunities to 'master yourself' and develop wisdom, compassion and mindfulness. You don't need to be a hermit, or join a monastery, or give up these life experiences to be a virtuous person, or to follow the Buddha's example. For some people, it is their path, but for most, there are plenty of opportunities for spiritual growth in the day-to-day experiences of life. Believe me, those opportunities are everywhere! You don't even have to look for them!