Yutang Lin

Feeling of leisure would not arrive upon request;
Do one's best and let others play to avoid unrest.
Be content without demands to enjoy this instant;
Peaceful mind in simple matters is just delightful.


Worldly way is too tense; leisure hardly accessible. Mind without dust to stir up; outward connections not pursued. Whoever can have a say in life? Suddenly it is all over. See it openly and not to disturb oneself; in quietude leisure will arrive.

Written in Chinese on October 13, 2001
Translated on October 15, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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