The Main Thing
Do you have something to give away? Then give it away. Is there a favor you can do for someone else? Then do it. Is there a sacrifice that you can make? Then make it.
It doesn’t matter to whom you do this kindness. The main thing is that you do it. It doesn’t matter that they didn’t ask for this gift or favor. It’s enough that they will accept it, they will be happy with it. It doesn’t matter that they won’t thank you. What you need is to do a kind act for someone else. Never mind that there’s tremendous effort involved here — this only makes your merit the larger.
An awesome blessing lies behind this advice. Start giving whatever you can — whatever you don’t need, whatever you thought you would leave for a rainy day. And in this way, you release huge, heavenly blessing — a wealth of happiness and success that pours on you from the worlds above. Not immediately, not in the most obvious way, but soon — you will see — the Creator’s blessing entering your life in a magical way. There is a condition though. You must give your gift with joy. You must smile.
By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
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