Don’t Give In

The more someone gives in to his desires, the more new desires arise and he never finds true satisfaction. ~ Madraigas Haadam: ubocharta b’chayim

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That Idea You Had

Every Yid must believe with everything he does: parnassah, his other worldly deeds, and also in regards to spirituality and avodas Hashem, that the idea that came to his mind regarding what he should do was sent to him from Heaven to direct him in the right path, so he should earn money in his financial endeavors, because Hashem wanted, at that time, that he should earn money.

Or, chas veshalom the opposite, when Hashem wants him to lose money, Hashem places into his heart a thought to do such and such, and thereby he loses money. ~ The Meor Einayim

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Packing

Reb Eliyahu Lopian zt’l compared time to a travel bag. If one packs his bag in an orderly fashion, there will be plenty of space for all his belongings. But if he throws in his clothing without folding them and without an order, the bag will soon be filled, and there won’t be enough space for all his belongings.

Time is similar. If one is cautious and orderly with his time, he will see that there is plenty of time for everything. But if one is careless with time and lets the days slip by, he won’t have time for anything.

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The Power of Emuna

When one has emuna and bitachon that Hashem will help him, his emuna will cause it to happen. For example, if one trusts that Hashem will support him and his family, it will occur. ~ R’ Elimelech Biderman Shlita

Now read that again… Extremely powerful!

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Glasses

Just as eye glasses made for someone else are not suitable for you, so too all material tools are tailor made for the person to whom they were given.

Anyone internalizing this perspective will not feel envious of what others possess.

~ R’ Eliyahu Dessler in Michtav MaiEliyahu vol. 1, p. 136

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For the Right Reasons

People easily deceive themselves into thinking that they are doing an act of kindness for the sake of kindness, when in fact this is not the case.

The way to test your motivation is to see if you are equally willing to go out of your way to help someone who will be totally ungrateful. When you don’t derive any personal benefit from your act of kindness and you still help others, it is a sign that your goal is to help others for their sake and not for your own. ~ R’ Yeruchem Levovitz zt”1

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Do Your Part

Hashem performs miracles. The good deeds and the good middos are man’s part. ~ R’ Yechezkel of Kuzmir zt’l

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What to Focus on

Keep your focus on those who have less than you.  This way you will constantly appreciate Hashem’s kindness and not consider that you are missing things.

Since people assess their wealth or poverty according to what they see others have, you are assured a happy life if you keep comparing what you have with those who are less fortunate.  ~ R’ Chaim Shmuelevitz zt”l

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My Goal

I would not wish to change places with our forefather, Avraham. For what would the Almighty gain from this?  If Avraham would be me and I would be him, there would be no additional righteousness in the world. My goal is to improve my own behavior. ~ R’ Simcha Bunim of Parshischo

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The Only Difference

The only difference between where you are and where you want to be is the steps you haven’t taken yet.

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