Minute #620: Lease

Mr. Jacovitz was a successful entrepreneur for many years. He had the golden touch. He was a generous person who distributed a sizable portion of the bounty with which he was blessed to those less fortunate than he. He had a happy, contented look on his face at all times. Then disaster struck and his fortune was wiped out. His financial situation fell practically overnight from the highest peak to the deepest abyss. One would think a person whose life was turned upside down so suddenly would change his demeanor immediately. The happy man would now be depressed.

But not so Mr. Jacovitz. Those who knew him hardly noticed a change in his demeanor. He still appeared like a person who didn’t have a worry in the world. Observers couldn’t comprehend his acceptance of the drastic change in his life situation

Attitude towards material things will determine how much they can affect a person’s happiness. Worry comes from things not going in the way one wishes, and in creating mental pictures of negative situations that might arise. In the realm of the material, mood revolves around “having” and “not having.”

But happy people don’t count on other people and don’t depend on things. They see everything they have as a guest would view his host’s possessions. They’re able to enjoy while accepting that they don’t own. They’re satisfied with whatever they’re given and don’t mourn what they don’t have. If they lose they are not disappointed, but are grateful for the time that they had it. Train yourself to be satisfied with what you get. And learn to accept that life is like a rental: one day the lease will terminate. Expect it but enjoy today.

One More Second – Another Thought for the Day

Learn from the past, but work in the present, because the present is a time in which you can change while the past has already gone by. The future will become the present; when it does, concentrate on it, but do not concentrate on the future right now. Just think about it, but don’t depend on it. ”If not now, when?” (Pirkei Avos 1:14). Gila Feder, Letters to a Friend, p. 80