Try imagining your life without all that you presently have. If you
can master this ability, then you will appreciate what you do have to
such a degree that you will live a life of constant joy.
If you were lost in a wilderness without food and water - and then
found some bread, you would enjoy that bread more than the most
sumptuous meal! Rabbi Simcha Zissel of Kelm wrote that he personally
had such an experience, and it was like living in paradise. You will
always be able to feel that joy if you use your mind wisely.
Today, spend a few moments imagining what it would be like if you had
absolutely nothing: no family, no friends, no possessions, no money at
all, no knowledge, no eyes, ears, hands, feet - absolutely nothing.
Continue this exercise until you actually feel it.
Then do the second half of the exercise: Imagine yourself obtaining
what you presently have, one item at a time
(see Chochmah Umussar, vol.2, p.74; Pirkei Emunah, p.20; Gateway to
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