blessings, gratitude, integrity, kindness, moral character

Integrity and Gratitude Lead to Blessings

To receive help from the heavens, one must first be a good person with integrity. Your deeds shape your fortune. As the saying goes: “You reap what you sow.” Planting seeds of kindness ensures a harvest of goodness. The scholar’s integrity There’s a story from the Ming Dynasty about Peng Jiao, a scholar on his ...

Mikel Davis

View of a cornfield at sunset.

The Blessings of a Kind Heart: How a Merchant Went from Near-Disaster to Riches

The ancient Chinese text “I Ching” states: “A family that accumulates good deeds will have a surplus of good fortune.” This principle holds that individuals who consistently do good deeds and cultivate moral virtues will not only overcome difficulties, but will also bring blessings to their descendants. The following story is a true reflection of ...

Tatiana Denning

Woman holding a red heart cut out of construction paper.

How Influential Businessman Hu Xueyan Returned a Favor

Hu Xueyan, also known as Guangyong (光墉), was a native of Chixi in Anhui Province. Born into a poor family, he experienced ups and downs throughout his life, going from poverty to great wealth and status more than once. Hu Xueyan started his career as a merchant, rising to the third rank of the late ...

Tatiana Denning

An abacus.

Divine Intervention: Despair Turns to Blessings

During the Qing Dynasty, a family with the last name of Wang were in despair after losing nine sons in a row. The family had always worshiped Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the Goddess of Mercy, causing many people to wonder: Can it be that those who believe in deities will not be blessed? Fortunately, Avalokitesvara appeared in ...

Tatiana Denning

Statue of Avalokitesvara.

Recognizing Your Wealth in Life

A classic proverb goes: “You do not know how to count your blessings when you’re in the middle of a blessed life.” This saying reminds people that they should be thankful for everything they own now. No matter how hard a person’s life may be, others in the world are living harder and more complex ...

Emma Lu

Life is just a gift.

How Can You Tell if a Person Has Blessings?

Everyone hopes to have blessings in their life, not to have to worry about food and clothing, and also to be able to help people in need. But some people have a charmed life, while others have a tough one. Some people may stumble when they are young, but turn their lives around when they ...

Tatiana Denning


A Priceless Truth: What Man Sows Is What Man Reaps

The story of Jia Mou and Luo Mou highlights the detrimental effect of taking advantage of others. Once again, the following tale enlightens the world’s people about the timeless law that Heaven and Earth know what is in man’s heart: What man sows is what he reaps, and Heaven is weighing everything mankind does. The ...

Emma Lu

On the man's left is an arid landscape with deep cracks in the parched earth and a sandstorm in the distance. On his right is a beautiful expanse of lush, green grass as far as the eye can see with blue sky and a few puffy white clouds overhead.

The Virtuous Beggar: A Tale of Honesty and Fortitude

During the Qing Dynasty in Chiayi Prefecture, Taiwan, there lived a man named Lin Dengzhang. Esteemed for his honesty and integrity, Lin found himself unfortunately embroiled in a false accusation that landed him in prison. His wife, in a desperate bid to free him, sold all their possessions, yet the funds raised were insufficient. In ...

Emma Lu

Beautiful spring blossoming apricot tree.

Heaven Has No Preferences, but Always Rewards Good People for Compassion

As the ancient saying goes: “Heaven has no preferences, but always treats good people with kindness.” Heaven treats all beings equally, but always rewards good people and blesses compassionate ones. The ancients believed in karma, valued righteousness over profit, and helped others in their time of need, which brought them blessings later. Here are a ...

Hermann Rohr

Aerial view of a few spotted clouds and the shining sun on the horizon.

Bad Intentions Don’t Make Money and Honesty Doesn’t Lose Money

In ancient China, business scales used a unit of weight called a catty (approximately 600 grams). One catty was equivalent to 16 taels, the standard money across all businesses. This story happened during that time.  There were two rice stores on the southern street of a county in China — one was named Yongchang, and ...

Tatiana Denning

Chinese scales.