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Daily Lift #541

Don't Dwell on Past Misfortunes

The nature of a person is that when he talks about past misfortunes and suffering, he presently experiences more suffering.

A person who constantly thinks about misfortunes of the past causes unnecessary sadness. In the extreme, after one unfortunate event a person can make himself unhappy his entire life -- because he always tells himself how awful life is since that event occurred.

Do not overly dwell on past misfortunes, and you will save yourself much unhappiness.

(Shiurai Daas, vol.3, p.123; Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Happiness, p.178)

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