Roses or Thorns?


Roses or Thorns?

June 27, 2017
Orit Esther Riter
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Ba’erev Yaleen Bechi, vla’boker rina…. (In the evening one lies down weeping, but with dawn – a cry of ecstasy {delight})” ~ Tehillim 30:6.

Our lives are likened to a roller-coaster ride; up, down and all around. When we are up, in a positive mindset, we are able to accept even the bitter moments with more ease, patience and calmness. You simply accept.

The opposite is true as well. When we feel down we smell the roses but are troubled by the thorns. It puts a damper on our ability to enjoy their fragrance and may even stop us from taking one more ‘whiff’ of their blossoming scent. Therefore, we must always strive to submerge ourselves with optimism. When we think rosy… all is rosy; even if the thorns stand in our way.

When Dovid HaMelech ztk’l describes our evenings filled with tears, he is suggesting the negative times when we are in despair. “But with dawn” points to the times of a positive outlook, the moments when we can see beyond the horizon, see everything in a confident light and this moves us to cry tears of joy.

The lesson to take home: no matter what, we should force ourselves to focus on the roses in every situation and literally fight to stay in a positive thinking mode; with emuna in Hashem, this is doable. The impact of our mindset is more powerful than we can imagine.

It shines light on the saying, “Life is all about perception; not about circumstances.”

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