by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths
A couple of days ago, a Jewish man drove up to the Kotel in an electric wheelchair. He was about 40 years old. You could see right away that his body was severely handicapped. He was surely born that way. I doubt that he has ever been able to take a single step in his entire lifetime without someone helping him.
My friend asked him if he had put on tefillin yet. He looked up to the sky, and with a look of reverence, he kissed the tips of his fingers and then raised his open hands upward.
"Baruch Hashem," he said.
"Blessed is G-d," is the literal translation of these words, but when they are used this way they really mean, "Yes, thank G-d."
Here's the question. Here is a man who has been severely handicapped his entire life. He has never been able to participate in normal physical activities. He cannot take a bus, and he cannot go to the majority of places that we all take for granted. He has always had to depend on others to help him to do the simplest tasks. I'm sure that his handicap interferes with almost all of his physical life. Yet, he can look up to Heaven and say, "Thank G-d."
The question is, how can you and I not be thankful for what we have? We have normal bodies, and pretty much physically do whatever we want with almost no trouble at all. In fact, since we have no trouble, we do not even think what a blessing it is that we can do them.
Yet, even so, so many of us go around moping, complaining, as if we are down and unhappy with our lives! Oy, oy. Don't do this one.
The next time you catch yourself feeling down and complaining about your portion, remember this guy in the wheelchair, and count a few of your blessings.
“Thank G-d that I am not in a wheelchair. Thank G-d that I do not have to go to the hospital a few times a week for kidney dialysis. Thank G-d that I do not have a headache. Thank G-d that I have food to eat and a place to sleep. Thank G-d. Thank G-d. Thank G-d.”
After a few minutes of thanking G-d for what you have, you are going to find yourself walking down the street singing the song of, "How happy I am that I am so blessed. Thank G-d."
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