Accepting His Will

Day 12:
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)

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Daily Reading

Mindset: The Difference Between Happiness and Joy by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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Daily Goals

Daily Goals:
Celebrating together binds us as a people: that and the gratitude and humility that come from seeing our achievements not as self-made but as the blessings of God. The pursuit of happiness can lead, ultimately, to self-regard and indifference to the sufferings of others. It can lead to risk-averse behavior and a failure to “dare greatly”. Not so joy. Joy connects us to others and to God. Joy is the ability to celebrate life as such, knowing that whatever tomorrow may bring, we are here today, under God’s Heaven, in the universe He made, to which He has invited us as His guests.

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