Thursday, November 29, 2007
Joy To The World
Hello everyone! Yes, blogging is fun and important, but so are tea parties and croquet matches, both of which have kept me busy these past few weeks. Glad to be writing again though:)
Being a natural cynic(yeah, I know, hard to believe:P), or as I like to call it, realist, has led to a difficulty or two when it comes to expanding my spiritual understanding. For those who haven't yet read Rav Miller's books, I sincerely recommend you do, especially Rejoice Oh Youth. I've learned so much about appreciation from it. To hear Rav Miller wax poetical about an ant...!
I've recently heard something which I wanted to share. According to Rav Miller, the best preparation for the world to come is enjoying and appreciating what we're given in this world; hence, blessings, etc. What he said is probably not anything new to most of you, and It's not entirely novel to me either, but the way he put it was so appealing to me, and it opened up a whole other way of looking at it. I specifically liked when he said, "If you don't want to eat breakfast, that's fine. It's okay to fast if you want, but if you eat breakfast, then you should enjoy it!" I love the idea that getting joy out of every little aspect of this world will only give me more joy in the next. It makes each day something to look forward to. Each day becomes a challenge to find enjoyment in as many things as I can in order to serve God rather than an experience of denial and restriction.
I don't mean to go on and on, and I apologize if most of this is recycled material, but I just felt so happy at my little personal discovery and I wanted to share it. Thanks for listening:)