Life and living fully are about relationships, all types of relationships, even our relationship with ourselves. Great advice above about giving, and Jewish wisdom below about caring for others.
“The land will give its fruit and you will eat to satiation” (Lev.
26:5). One of the blessings the Torah promises us is an abundance of
wealth. It is interesting that it is followed by a second blessing:
that we will not only be blessed with wealth, but we will be
satisfied with it. Rashi points out that the real blessing is the
ability to enjoy what we have and be satisfied with a little. Without
the blessing of satisfaction, we may never realize how much we really
have. We may be so driven to acquire and consume more and more, never
achieving the peace of mind to enable us to stop and say thank you.
The Talmud teaches us to look to those who have less than us in order
to cultivate a real appreciation for how lucky we truly are and to
understand that everything we have is a gift. The biggest blessing in
life isn’t winning the lottery, but having the ability to enjoy what
we have and be content and satisfied with the simple things in life.To
the extent that we can appreciate and be content with what we are
given, our connection to the Divine will grow and we will be able to
see the beauty of the Divine everywhere. “Who is truly wealthy?
Someone who finds joy in what he has.” Shabbat Shalom.
Finally, in the weekly Parade magazine in the Sunday paper, in the Ask Marilyn Column:
Be honest with each other from day one. Simple honesty will shorten relationships that would go bad in time and prevent many a marriage that would end in divorce.
Makes sense to me!