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Daily Lift #1091

Pleasures are like Salt Water

All the material and physical pleasures of this world are like salt water. They just cause a person to desire more and more. It is impossible to quench the thirst for desires by giving into desires. Just the opposite occurs. A person becomes thirstier for more desires. Trying to acquire good traits is entirely different. When you first try to acquire those virtues, you might find it bitter. However, when you master the habit of doing good, you feel great sweetness. Therefore the person who seeks pleasure in becoming a better person will find true enjoyment in life.

(Chochmah Umussar, vol.2, pp.278-9; Gateway to Happiness, pp.358-9)

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) lisa, December 23, 2010 11:25 AM

Let's not be so thirsty

So easy to say in words!!! Especially important to remember during holiday times when the media tells us we "deserve this" and our lives can't be fullfilled without "that." Thank you for that reminder!!!

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