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Daily Lift #887

Challenges Can Be Elevating

The more difficulty you encounter in fulfilling a good deed, the more joy you will feel - since this manifests a greater degree of elevation. A person's success is dependent on those good deeds that are difficult for him to do. A seemingly "minor" good deed performed with difficulty is actually much greater than many good deeds which are easy to perform (due to their being consistent with the person's nature).

When performing a good deed that is difficult for you to do, instead of thinking how awful it is, appreciate that the difficulty is what elevates you!

(see Chochmah Umussar; Daas Chochmah Umussar; Rabbi Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness," p.106)

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