Normally when a person searches for something and finds it, he's happy. But if he does not find it, he's sad.
A person who seeks good deeds should react differently. Regardless of whether or not he is successful, he should feel joy at trying, even if for some reason things did not work out as he had planned.
(Rabbi Simcha Zissel of Kelm in Chochmah Umussar, vol.2, p.14;
Rabbi Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness," p.111)
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