Consistently happy people are either in one of two conditions.
Either no one has ever wronged or slighted them in any way. Or
else they have forgiven those who have. Since it is almost
impossible not to have been wronged or slighted, if you want to
master happiness, you need to learn how to forgive.
Forgiving is like floating on water. You don't need to do
anything. You just need to let go. When you were a young
child of five or six, you became angry at your brothers, sisters,
friends, and classmates. You might have even said, "I won't
forgive you." Now when you look back at the vast majority of
those situations, you will see that they were trivial. It is
at present easy for you to forgive someone for not giving you a
bite of their ice cream, not letting you play with their toys, or
grabbing your ice cream or toys. Just as you have already
forgiven them, you will be able to forgive others for more recent
events when you realize that most things are trivial when
compared to your emotional and spiritual well-being.
We all need our Creator's forgiveness. By forgiving others we
elevate ourselves and render ourselves more worthy of being
forgiven. When you find it difficult to forgive, pray with your own
words for the strength to forgive
We're human. We need food. We need meaning and connection. And we most definitely need encouragement.
Now, in this wise and charming new volume, we learn how to effectively use the massive power of encouragement,
to encourage ourselves and others, particularly when we feel overwhelmed or depleted.
In Encouragement, Rabbi Pliskin shares meditations and affirmations, inspirational true stories, and his trademark
wise, practical advice. He shows us how our words can help others - and ourselves -- become more confident,
optimistic, and upbeat people.
Rabbi Zelig Pliskin is the author of 25 books with his specialty in mastering happiness and other positive inner resources.
His last 15 books include such titles as: "Taking Action", "Happiness", "Kindness", "Courage", "Serenity", "Building Your Self-image" "Conversations with
Yourself" and "Marriage." These books are available at: Artscroll.com.
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