Originally published in Miami Shoot Magazine on August 25, 2018 my wife, Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs, joined me in writing this piece
Not seeking religious belonging but valuable spiritual guidance is becoming a core issue for many people in order to live a better life. Rabbi Cheryl and Andrew Jacobs are making wonderful waves on that front. Their guidance for people of all religions (and none) has become much appreciated beyond their own Florida community and extended to all types of media. We wanted to get some simple advice on the seemingly complicated question: Is there a simple path to living a happier, more fulfilled life? If yes, what is it? Here is what Cheryl and Andrew had to say….
Months before he passed away, Albert Einstein was asked by a much younger visitor to give some insight into the meaning and purpose of life.
“Try not to become a man of success,” Einstein told the visitor, “rather try to become a man of value. He is considered successful in our day who gets more out of life than he puts in. But a man of value will give more than he receives.”
In our world today, happiness and fulfillment are defined by success, and how successful a person is, is based not on what they give back to the world, but what they receive. And this is not the path to happiness. The wise Einstein understood what so many of us are learning – that leaving a meaningful and lasting mark on this world requires looking beyond ourselves; giving selflessly of ourselves, giving not with the hope of receiving anything – just giving because we can make a difference.
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