In whatever situation we find ourselves we should try to think, “How may I improve this moment? What may I give to this moment?”
Mostly, all we do, we do for ourselves. Still, the Creator uses our activities to fulfill the wishes and needs of others. So, for instance, if Mr. A opens an ice-cream shop for profit, the Creator, at the same time, uses Mr. A to supply the neighborhood with the pleasures He wants them to enjoy — the pleasures that come from eating ice cream.
But Mr. A makes it all better, for others and himself, when he focuses also on helping others, boosting others and promoting his community. His every action and word becomes more powerful and rich when his intention becomes the benefit of others. And who profits most from this enrichment? Mr. A does.
To receive, we must give. And the more we give, and the better we give — the more and better we receive.
By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
Excerpted from “Be Happy and Succeed“. To buy this book as an ebook for $4.95 click here.
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