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Daily Lift #516

Appreciate Common Pleasures

The world is filled with limitless opportunities for pleasure and enjoyment. What destroys this potential is that we become used to what we already have and take things for granted. We do not derive great joy and limitless pleasure from the natural world -- because we become habituated to its sights and experiences.

Today, try focusing your appreciation on an everyday occurrence you've been taking for granted. Here's one idea: Before eating, say the proper blessing and express gratitude to G-d for the good taste and sustenance of the food.

(see Rabbi Noson Tzvi Finkel, 20th century Jerusalem, in "Ohr Hatzafun, vol.3, p.84; and see Rav Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness," p.34)

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) patricia, July 15, 2012 9:43 PM

It doesn't happen every day, but when the warm summer rain comes, I enjoy the feel of the rain on my face as I count my blessings and feel my stress and worries wash away. Every day our surroundings in nature shows the love and power of our Lord.

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