Free from his day's work, the poet sailed leisurely home. Though not spacious, his little cottage always served him well. He would write poems or drink wine by the south window, Or go for a lazy stroll, enjoying the beauty of the mountains.
While you are unlikely to achieve great fame, you will probably find happiness, provided you are prepared to settle for modest gains rather than overreaching yourself. You should learn to avoid taking risks and exercise caution in most matters. Little effort is required on your part for you to achieve a contented life.
Contentment is the theme of this poem. We see poets as creatures of leisure. But most Chinese poets were scholars, administrators, or judges. They worked hard, but when the day was done - or they had retired - they found true peace in being content with the simple things of life.