by Moshe Newman with edits by Reb Akiva
I received one of those good-luck chain emails today. Since everything is Min HaShamayim (from the hand of heaven), I decided to read it and add a Jewish perspective.
Note, if you read this post and forward to 5 friends within the hour you’re certain of good karma. And if you ignore it, well, lets just say we know 3 people who did and it didn’t work out well for them…
> I don't know if it works, but who am I to tempt fate???
The above statement is ridiculous. Please do not read this and worry about tempting "fate". Rather, have faith in the One Who controls all and if you think the following statements are reminders of good approaches, behaviors and outlooks in life, please send it on to those about whom you care. In my opinion, in our daily busy lives, it is good to be reminded of helpful attitudes. And G-d "likes" positivity.
> *Feng Shui*
> This is without a doubt one of the nicest good luck forwards I have
> received.. Hope it works for you -- and me!
There is no such thing as "luck". However, G-d wants free choice, so he made the world look like luck.
> Lotus Touts: You have 6 minutes…
or as long or short as you want. G-d has Infinite patience.
> There's some mighty fine advice in these words, even if you're not
> superstitious. This Lotus Touts has been sent to you for good luck.
> It has been sent around the world ten times so far.
Ten is the number which signifies the next level of spirituality. The next level is faith that good and bad in your life comes from the Creator of all good and bad. There is no luck, no fate, no superstition.
> Do not keep this message.
or go ahead and keep it if that is what your heart tells you to do.
> The Lotus Touts must leave your hands in 6 MINUTES.
or whenever you wish. Your actions are up to you as your Creator has given you free will.
> Otherwise you will get a very unpleasant surprise.
> This is true, even if you are not
> superstitious, agnostic, or otherwise faith impaired.
Your actions may be up to you, but what happens to you is not. Everything is in the hands of Heaven except for the fear of Heaven.
> ONE. **Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.* *
> TWO. **Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their
> conversational skills will be as important as any other. **
> THREE. **Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you
> want. **
> FOUR. **When you say, 'I love you,' mean it.**
> FIVE. **When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye. **
> SIX. **Believe in love.**
> SEVEN. **Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams
> don't have much. **
> EIGHT.. **In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling. **
> NINE.** **Don't judge people by their relatives. **
> TEN. ** Talk slowly but think quickly. **
> ELEVEN. **Remember that great achievements involve great
> risk. **
> TWELVE. **When you lose, don't lose the lesson.** **
> THIRTEEN. **Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for
> others; and Responsibility for all your actions. **
> FORTEEN. **Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship. **
> FIFTEEN. **When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps
> to correct it.**
> SIXTEEN. ** Spend some time alone. **
And additions to bring it home…
SEVENTEEN: Pray to God in the following way:
- Acknowledge Him as the Ingenious Orchestrator/Choreographer of all ideas that come into the world.
- Ask Him for His Truth, acknowledging that it is possible to be attached to lies without even knowing it and that, if there is anything in your life that is a lie, He should reveal it to you such that you can release it and cling only to His Truth.
- Pray that God gives you the ability to remember and implement any and all of the above that is a reflection of His Truth.
- Ask that He should allow the above perspectives to permeate His world.
- Thank Hashem for the opportunity to promote Good in the world.
- Do tshuvah.
- Acknowledge to God your mistake of believing in fate/superstition.
- Acknowledge God as the amazing Creator of you, your mistake, and the mistaken perception itself. Regret the mistaken perception and promise not to do it again.
There is no fate, only faith in Divine Will and prayer always helps!
> Now, here's the FUN part!
> Send this to at least 5 people and your life will improve.
Sending it to one person or just applying it to your own life will help the world. The more positivity you send out, the more Hashem sends back to you, especially if you are aware that you are being a messenger for Godliness by distributing these ideas.
> 1-4 people: Your life will improve slightly.
> 5-9 people: Your life will improve to your liking.
> 9-14 people: You will have at least 5 surprises in the next 3 weeks
> 15 and above: Your life will improve drastically and everything you ever
> dreamed of will begin to take shape.
The more positivity you engender in the world, the more Light comes into your life. Especially when the positivity is based in Truth, i.e. that God runs everything.
> A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your
> heart. Do not keep this message.
Or go ahead and keep it if, after you've prayed about sending it or not, your heart tells you not to. Ask God to bestow Good upon you and all the world and Good will certainly happen whether you send this or not.
In my humble opinion, these additions of FAITH make this now a far more valuable chain e-mail and more worthy of going around the world.