Favor and patronage can lead to mischief.
Thus in times of pleasant goodwill,
It is important to be constantly on guard.
The aftermath of failure can be the success.
Thus when things go contrary, don’t lose heart.
If you enjoy these excerpt, buy the book, Hong, Zicheng; Aitken, Robert (2006), Vegetable Roots Discourse: Wisdom from Ming China on Life and Living, Avalon Publishing Group.