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Monday, March 19, 2018

What Makes You Happy?


In the senior citizen program I attend on Thursdays we begin with group discussions. This past week, we were asked what we love and enjoy about children. All of us who attend are parents and grandparents, so we do get to see the younger generations.

One thing many of us mentioned was the fact that children are so accepting and how they are seeing things for the first time. That enthusiasm is lost too quickly once people grow up. We get too jaded and take much too much for granted. We also get disappointed, sometimes more quickly and more deeply than youngsters who have an innate optimism.

A grandchild of someone I know from somewhere else has recently been diagnosed with cancer, and I'm always amazed at the smiles that glow from the pictures they post. It's clear that the sick child doesn't really understand the serious ramifications and lack of grantees, but the parents and grandparents also show large optimistic smiles. I guess they are doing the right thing, since as long as there is life and a chance of a complete recovery, there is no need to allow fear and depression to reign.

That optimism is the secret ingredient that makes every second we live a true blessing and pleasure. May Gd give us the strength to always see the joy in life, to see what's in the cup and not what's missing.

רפואה שלימה
Refuah Shleimah
A Complete Recovery to All Those in Need, Gd Willing

3 comments:

Mr. Cohen said...

What makes me happy? Good question!

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[1] I would be very happy if I witnessed the final
downfall of the anti-Israel anti-Judaism New York Times:

New York Times Erases Israel from Map:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/guest-postnyt-vs-israel.html

How to Convict the New York Times
of Unfair Bias Against Israel:

https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-how-to-convict-new-york-times.html

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[2] I would be very happy if Israel
stopped negotiating with terrorists:

Did Captain Kirk believe in negotiating with terrorists?
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/08/can-jews-learn-from-captain-kirk.html

How Torah Can Defeat Terrorism:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/08/defeat-terror-with-torah.html

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[3] I would be very happy if all Jews observed Shabbat:

How Shabbat-desecration harms
Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem:

https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-jeremiah-chapter-17.html

Shabbat Praised by Famous Gentile Actress:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/05/guest-post-shabbat-praised.html

How Alan Dershowitz's Great-Grandfather
Decided to Observe Shabbat:

http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/05/guest-post-lessons-learned-from-tragedy.html

Derech Eretz for the Shabbat-Table:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/04/guest-post-shabat-table-derech-eretz.html

New York Times Editor Takes
Sabbath Rest From Social Media:

www.algemeiner.com/2018/02/12/new-york-times-olympics-editor-takes-sabbath-rest-from-social-media/

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[4] I would be very happy if I witnessed
the elimination of Reform Judaism, which is
the spiritual equivalent of counterfeit money
or a con-artist:

Rambam vs. Reform Judaism:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/11/rambam-vs-reform-judaism.html

Why Barak Hullman left Reform Judaism and became Orthodox:
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/why-reform-judaism-doesnt-work-wont-work-and-how-to-fix-it/

How a Reform Rabbi Became Orthodox (true story):
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-did-reform-rabbi-become-orthodox-jew.html

Reform Judaism vs. Real Judaism:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/05/guest-post-real-judaism.html

Sephardic Jews REJECT Reform Judaism:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/07/sephardim-reject-reform.html

How Reform Jews CHEATED on the Pew survey:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/06/reform-jews-cheated-pew-survey.html

Quick quote from Famous Jewish
mega-donor about Jewish Continuity
:

https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2018/02/mr-sy-syms.html

Happiest Person In The World said...

The happiest person in the world. from the medrash Tanchuma http://torasaba.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-happiest-person-in-world.html

Batya Medad said...

thanks