I heard this old Yiddish proverb from my grandmother when I was very little. Whenever someone started kwetching (complaining) about life in general or anything in particular, she would gently smile and pronounce, “Eyder mentsch ot a peckeleh” – every man has a bundle. When I finally pestered her enough about the meaning of it, she told me this parable.
Since time immemorial, people have complained to the A-mighty that their bundles, or their burdens, were too heavy. Now, their friends’s and neighbors’ bundles – oh no! – those were so much lighter and more comfortable to carry through life. Why couldn’t I have his, and he should struggle with mine, for a change!
The Creator got tired; He had better things to do than listen to this eternal kwetching. “Fine, – He said, – you guys don’t like your own bundles and you prefer those of other people? No problem. Throw all your burdens in one pile and then go pick up whatever you like. Good bye!”
They did just that, but when they made their choices, they have discovered that they selected… their own bundles!
We all have our own bundles and heavy burdens, and they are nothing but results of our own choices! Tell yourselves the truth, Beautiful People, are you consciously, mindfully starting every day with the Serenity Chant: Love, Joy, Courage, Serenity? The only constant thing in life is that stuff happens (today’s word prompt is CONSTANT https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/constant/ ), to every person, all the time. We can’t always get out of situations, but we certainly can – and should! – switch emotional gears and deal with every situation from position of emotional strength.
Here is some happy music for your morning coffee.
Happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!
We are getting ready to GOTOMEETING live next Tuesday, February 27, at 5:15 EST. Sign up instructions coming up tomorrow, as well as a list of ingredients for those of you, Beautiful People, who are planning to make those delicious and decadent no-bake chocolate treats with us! See you on the screen!