A man goes to see his rabbi. “Rabbi”, he asks, “you told us a story – something to do with praise?” The rabbi responds, “Yes, it is thus: when you get some good news, you thank the Lord, and when you get some bad news, you praise the Lord.” “Of course,” replies the man. “ I should have remembered. But Rabbi, how do you actually know which is the good news and which is the bad news?” The rabbi smiles. “You are wise, my son. So just to be on the safe side, always thank the Lord.”
PONDER AND CONSIDER
- Today do your very best to be consciously thankful and grateful for all that blesses you, including the adverse, painful and perhaps disturbing moments.
- “Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” | Kahlil Gibran
- “My task is simply the breathing of this gratitude from day to day, in simplicity, and for the rest turning my hand to whatever comes, work being part of praise.” | Thomas Merton, The Intimate Merton