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GATEWAY TO HAPPINESS

your life is to live every second as fully as possible. Regardless of your situation, you have the opportunity to utilize every moment for growth. To someone who has adopted this attitude it will not make a great difference how the exact details of his life unfold. No matter how anything turns out, he still has the opportunity to make it a growthful experience.

8.9 You can alleviate pain by living in the present. Once something is past, it no longer exists. If you do not add to any pain or insult, it will only last the limited time it actually exists. This is usually very short. Don’t add to it by later repeating to yourself, “How awful that was.” Realizing that suffering is temporary makes it much easier for you to tolerate insults and slights to your honor. (Erech Apayim, p.98)

You might have been insulted by someone a few moments ago. But that is already past. During the rest of the day do not take those insults with you. When you are engaged in other activities, be there fully. Don’t live in the past (even of a short while ago) and unnecessarily make yourself miserable.

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LIVING IN THE PRESENT

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