The Most Fortunate Trait in Life


The ability to be satisfied with what we have…is one of the most fortunate traits in life.  It says in Proverbs: “Better is dry bread with contentment, than a house full of sacrifices and strife” (Proverbs 17:1), and in Pirkei Avos: “What is the proper way that a man should follow? Rabbi Elazar said, ‘A good eye.’”  The Bartenura comments: “This refers to someone who is happy with his portion, does not desire needless possessions, and is not jealous when his friend has more than he.”  This truth applies in every area of life; a person should learn to be content with a little, and not have to seek satisfaction from all things, at all times.  These words are especially relevant today.  ~ R’ Yaakov Meir Shechter

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