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Daily Lift #130

Accept And Appreciate Reality

This is one of my favorite all-time quotes:

Rabbi Mordechai of Lekhivitz used to say, "If things do not go the way you wish them to be, you should then wish them to be the way they are in reality."

This means we need to accept reality and find our joy in life within that.

Today, find a good time begin a program whereby you repeat this thought every day. Repeat it many times until it becomes part of your thinking. Mastery of this attitude can transform a person's life.

(see Gateway to Happiness, p.75)

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) Isaac, June 27, 2010 2:41 PM

I wish and pray for a speedy recovery from cancer but how

can I every wish for that reality as it is? I cannot. I feel that I must fight and keep on fighting and praying. I pray and wish that Arabs would not be launching those rockets. I can never accept that reality but rather I must always fight that reality whether through prayer or donations or .... Rabbi, the above advice comes through in so many different ways and it seems great but I seem to be missing something. Am I missing some kind of a dividing line? I can see how one can gain great peace from this advice but from a practical point of view one becomes a target. No?

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