Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Learning to Rejoice Through it All

Boker Tov:
The Baal Shem Tov (Master of the Good Name) was one of our greatest Jewish sages. Noted for the joy he could find in life, rejoicing in the gift of life, for life is a gift from G_D, though long dead, his words still encourage us today.
And this day I needed those words.
This morning, Mark and I sat drinking a cup of coffee and sharing a chocolate chip muffin, We were going over the day, dreading really Mark's having to go and apply for Food Stamps. But we really have no longer choice.
He had gone in yesterday, but because Social Services had made their numbers of those applying for the day, Mark had to return this morning.
We were looking around the apartment, thankful our landlord had given us a few more days to come up with the rent.
We can't sell the laptop; it's needed for Mark to look for work. We could do a yard sale with the books we have. Might bright in a few dollars.
So, Mark finished off his coffee and I set about straighting up the apartment.
That was 7am.
Mark just got home from Social Services when I was about to do my reading of the Baal Shem Tov. The Worker looked at his paperwork and told Mark he made too much money to receive Food Stamps.
Your kidding.
Because of the monthly salary from Drill and unemployment, Mark makes too much money for us to receive Food Stamps.
Interesting enough, even if all we were getting was unemployment, Mark makes too much money to receive Food Stamps.
I looked up at Mark and smiled.
"I guess this is a good time to pratice being joyful.
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