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How do i Accept Whatever happens to me in my life?
וְכַאֲשֶׁר תַּחֲשֹׁב אֶת כָּל אֵלֶּה, תִּירָא מִבּוֹרְאֶךָ וְתִשָּׁמֵר מִן הַחֵטְא, וּבַמִּדוֹת הָאֵלֶּה תִּהְיֶה שָֹמֵחַ בְּחֶלְקֶךָ
When you think about all these things, you will come to fear God who created you, and you will protect yourself from sinning and thereby be happy with your lot in life.
The Mishna (Pirkei Avot 4:1) says: “Who is fortunate? He who is satisfied with his lot,” It quotes King David who says, “You shall enjoy the fruit of your labors; you shall be happy and you shall prosper.” (Psalms 128:2)
How does one achieve satisfaction in life?
1. By accepting whatever happens in one’s life with grace and trusting that God knows what He is doing and that everything that happens is for the best.
2. A person is satisfied with whatever he has by believing that God has endowed each person with the unique tools needed to navigate and succeed in life; no more and no less.
Rav Avraham Yaakov Pam, the Rosh Yeshiva of Torah V’Daas, said:
“People search desperately all over the world to find a city of happiness, not realizing that it can only be found in a state of mind.”
(Adapted from A Letter for the Ages, pages 56-57)