We men must cultivate a positive and balanced outlook on everyday life.
The Bright Side of Life's Little Annoyances
By Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomeyr
“Oh great! The car broke down!”
“Splendid! My computer crashed!”
“Oh joy! The storm blew over the tree in our yard!”
I could go on, but you get the drift. What is the bright side in those situations?
The Mechanic, the Computer Repair Person and the Arborist need to eat and make a living too, especially in a bad economy where everyone is holding back and tightening their belts. And G-d has chosen you to bless them and help them make a living. What a humbling privilege when you look at it that way.
“Yeah but, those guys will rob you blind, your at their mercy.”
1. You don’t know that for sure.
2. If so, that is between them and G-d and G-d will repay you what they took.
During the 40’s and 50’s in the backwoods of Kentucky where almost everyone was poor, my Grandfather use to sharpen saws and sometimes people would pay him for his services. My Grandma would get on to him for letting them get away with that and he’d respond. Well, maybe they needed the money more than I did. He had faith that G-d would see that justice was served and at the same time gave those that didn’t pay him the benefit of the doubt.
3. Maybe if you would give more to the service of G-d and to Charity maybe G-d would spare you of some of those extra expenses.
Look, it’s up to you whether to see and use situations like this as blessings or burdens. It’s the whole “The glass is half full” thing. Shalom!