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  Chapter 37 from
Happiness
Formulas, stories, and insights

By Rabbi Zelig Pliskin 


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Today: The Greatest Day of Your Life

Today is the only day that you have. You have had previous days and hopefully, you will have many future days. But still today is the only day that you will experience in reality today. One way to transform today into a great day is to actually view it this way.

Some of the days that people consider the best days of their lives are because special events happened to them. But this is dependent on other people and external circumstances. You have the ability to develop yourself in ways that you can create your own greatest days.

Maimonides cites the story of a distinguished person who was asked, “What has been the most joyous day of your life?”

“It was a day that I was on a ship,” he replied. “There were people on that ship who mocked and jeered me. They even threw garbage on me. My joy was that I was able to transcend this and create my own inner joy.”

Yes, for this person this was a day of total liberation and freedom. He was now totally independent of external circumstances. His happiness and joy were now totally dependent on his own mind. For him it was the greatest day of his life.

What would help you view today as the greatest day of your life? If today you have a greater awareness of your immense intrinsic value than ever before, then today is the greatest day of your life. If today you decide to upgrade your character beyond ways that you have done before, then today is the greatest day of your life. If today you make goals and plans that go beyond previous goals and plans, then today is the greatest day of your life. If today you have a greater spiritual awareness and feel more connected with the Creator than ever before, then today is the greatest day of your life.

The benefit of the previous ways of creating the greatest day of your life is that you can experience many days as your greatest days. Yesterday you reached your highest level up to that time of awareness of your intrinsic value and worth, but today your awareness is even greater. So yesterday was the greatest day until yesterday, but today you go even beyond that. And the same applies to character development, making goals and plans, and increased spiritual awareness and connecting with the Creator.

You can create a great day out of today by:

• gaining greater self-mastery and self-discipline than ever before.

• learning something new and realizing that you know more today than ever before.

• forgiving someone you previously were not able to forgive.

• beginning a new habit that will make a great difference in your life.

• viewing your entire life until now in a new way that makes it more of a resource than ever before.

• doing something positive that you only now have the courage to do.

• upgrading your brain beyond any previous upgrade.

 
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