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How to be an Optimist

How to be an Optimist in a world of Doom and Gloom – A Torah Guided Approach

Moshe kept a diary of the Jews’ wanderings. He refers to their travels in two ways:

  • “Going forth according to their journeys
  • ”Their journeys according to their going forth” (Bamidbar 33:2).

Take note that by reversing the order of the words we are given an insight to two completely different types of people.

One we’ll call the optimist and the other we’ll call the pessimist.Are You an Optimist or Pessimist | Thumb up and Thumb down

How can we tell the difference?

Let me Explain.

It depends on how they answer the following question:

“How are you today?” 

If they answer, “Baruch Hashem, things could be worse.” They are an optimist.

If they answer, “Baruch Hashem, things could be better.” They are a pessimist.

Recognizing Hashem in Every Step – The Optimists Gameplan is Feeling Gratitude even in Difficult Times

Gratitude_man_skyThe optimist knows that Hashem is helping him every step of the way, and whatever his situation is it is for the best.

He accepts Hashem’s will even if he doesn’t understand it.

The pessimist doesn’t see the blessings that are right in front of him, he doesn’t believe that his situation is the best for him.

He is always second guessing Hashem and believes he deserves better. Always complaining.

Two Types of Journeys – Going Towards Israel or Going Back to Egypt: You can Decide the Direction of Your Spiritual Journey

These were the two types of people sojourning in the Midbar: Those who looked to the future with faith and anticipation, they were the optimists.

In Contrast, those who lacked faith and experienced frustration and fear, they were the pessimists.

The travels of the first group are referred to as “going forth according to their journeys” because they were moving forward in all respects and striving towards their ultimate destination- Eretz Yisrael.

The travels of the second group are referred to as “journeys to their going out” because they were constantly “journeying backwards” to Egypt and comparing it to their present situation in the desert.

This is Important.

During one’s spiritual journey in life, there are many setbacks and challenges and it’s very easy to complain and “journey” back in one’s memory to “better times.”

It is easy to become a “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve” Jew.

But by doing so one is not accepting the will of Hashem and his journey becomes pointless and terrifying. Who knows what calamity tomorrow will bring, after all, today is not good enough.

Accepting One’s Situation and Overcoming Spiritual Tests can Lead to an Overabundance of Blessings


Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people | Charlie Brown and Snoopy sitting on a pier | Keter HaTorahHowever, when a person accepts his situation, knowing that it is a spiritual test and that Hashem is helping him, he can pass each test with flying colors and “go forth and journey” towards his holy destination.

Each day has an overabundance of blessings, much more than what is really deserved and this is why things could be worse.

Such a person looks for to each day with anticipation and excitement. Who knows what blessings the next day will bring!

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