《莫生氣》 (Don’t be Angry)

Just bought this fan yesterday at a pasar malam (night market).

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It’s very very meaningful. Here’s what it says:

《莫生氣》

人生就像一場戲,因為有緣才相聚。
相扶到老不容易,是否更該去珍惜。
為了小事發脾氣,回頭想想又何必。
別人生氣我不氣,氣出病來無人替。
我若氣死誰如意,況且傷神又費力。
鄰居親朋不要比,兒孫瑣事由他去。
吃苦享樂在一起,神仙羨慕好伴侶。

Don’t be Angry (translation mine)

The life of a person is like a show,
for it is Destiny that brings people together.
It is not easy to help one another till they are old,
yet regardless of our ability, we must still treasure the relationship.
Why lose one’s anger over a small matter,
only to look back and wonder if it was necessary?
When others are angry, I should remain calm,
for anger invites illnesses and chases away those who would have helped you.
Who would bother about my death if it was my anger that caused it?
Moreover, anger does nothing but to harm one’s soul and waste one’s energy.
Don’t bother comparing yourself with your neighbours, relatives, and friends;
don’t bother about the trifles of your children.
If anything, we should share our sufferings and joys together,
such that even the fairies will envy the closeness of our friendship.

The person who sold me this fan says that there is a Chinese tradition where people will write this poem on paper or on a fan and give it to their love ones or people whom they have upset, as a way of asking for forgiveness.