28 Tishrei 5767, October 20, 2006
Natural Life
By HaRav Ariel Bar Tzadok. Copyright (C) 2006 by Ariel Bar Tzadok. All rights reserved.

The laws of nature are what they are. One cannot break them or bend them without consequence. This is just the way that things are. There are no emotions, no feelings in nature. There is just what is.

We live in the world that is, not in the world that we want to be. We live in reality, not in fantasy. How often is this simple truth forgotten or denied by so many?

The secret of successful living is to live in the real world. The secret to finding happiness is to accept and deal with what is instead of always desiring for what is not.

There is much in life that we can control and then there is much more in life that we cannot. It takes wisdom to discern the difference between the two. Without such wisdom, life will forever be a struggle, with one striving for that which one will never be able to attain. This is the recipe for unhappiness and failure.

The laws of nature dictate what is. Heaven has ordained the way life works. Natural living therefore is the Will and Way of Heaven. Doing what we must, doing what we should, this is what Heaven expects from us.

The Way of Heaven never contradicts the ways of life and living. Heaven has placed around us the boundaries and parameters of nature. In these, we thrive. It is only when one breaches these Heavenly ordained boundaries of safe living that one moves into dangerous terrain at one’s own peril. One who goes against the Way of Heaven will face the inevitable consequences of one’s foolish choices. Why would one choose a course as reckless as this?

Simplicity is the key to contentment. Life was never meant to be a juggling act. Live was meant for living. Living was designed to be both arduous and at the same time a joy. It is only when we throw off our yokes of responsibility and obligation that we instead pick up the mantle of pain and suffering. Yet, most do not want to see this. Most prefer proud blindness rather than humble sight.

See life as it truly is. Stop fooling yourself with fantasies. Strive to make better what can be better and let alone that which is best left alone. Often the choice between the two is not yours to make. Accept this and move on.

Always dream and hope, yet do not become so wrapped up in your dreams that you forget to wake up and live a real natural life.


Shalom, Ariel Bar Tzadok

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