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Daily Lift #404

Joyful Zrizus

Some people might take action, but with resentful zrizus. "I shouldn't really have to do this," they say to themselves. "Someone else should take care of this."

There is a well-known idea expressed by the late Rabbi Chaim Friedlander: "If you are doing it anyway, you might as well do it with joy."

This is so important and valuable that it's worth repeating. "If you are doing it anyway, you might as well do it with joy." We are constantly choosing our thoughts, our feelings, our words, and our actions. You can choose to feel distressed or joyful about taking care of the things that you need to take care of. When you take action with zrizus, choose joyful zrizus.

([From Rabbi Zelig Pliskin's book: "Taking Action" - page 60] (

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