So, another unsolicited facsimile "happened" to arrive mid-morning last week ... prompting me to pause what I was doing and step outside, paper in hand.
One blog friend calls this "providence" ...don't you love that word?!
Aish HaTorah's lesson begins with a question:
"How would you feel if you won the lottery? Most people would feel elated ... one of the best days of their life!
Why? In truth, nothing has changed. You don't have the money in hand. All the changes are going to happen tomorrow. Today, right now, your life hasn't altered one iota.
However, right now you're thrilled. Why? The answer is, how you think about tomorrow changes how you feel today. If you knew something really good was going to happen tomorrow, then today would be great.
The one thing that the Almighty doesn't do well is second best. Everyday He gives us what is best for us. Your life is as good as it can possible get; God can't make it any better. The challenges we face in life are what we require: to give us the opportunity to develop our character, to develop spiritually and to come closer to the Almighty.
The only reason you are not jumping with joy on a constant basis is that you want to believe that having the things you don't have would make your life better. It's easier to blame your misery on assumed lacks that it is to enjoy life.
The trick of life is to want to be the kind of person where winning the lottery would not ruin your life, and hopefully tomorrow that will happen. But at the same time, to realize the life you have now, and the one you are going to get tomorrow is the best it could be.
'Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This.' Say it often, and enjoy!"
(~with special thanks to Rabbi Steve Baars, GetBliss.com)