The most disconcerting fact of a person’s life, even from his youth, is that he does not live with reality. He does not consider the day that he has, and instead contemplates the future. His life cannot be termed reality, for reality is having “only today”.
Fortunate is one who lives his life in the manner of having “only today,” for then he will be a truly contented person, and will sense the happiness of life in each and every day.
Only Today: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov
When we are disturbed and unhappy, we should at least imagine ourselves as being joyous.
Deep down we may be depressed, but if we act happy, we will eventually come to genuine joy (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom 74).
Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge
“Free will is in a person’s hands, literally. If on wants, on acts, and if one does not want, one does not act.”
There are many people who are confused about this issue, having become so habituated to their behaviors and ways from the time of their youth. They feel that they have no free will and that they are unable to change their behavior. But the truth is otherwise, for every individual certainly possess free will at all times on all issues, and one acts as one wants to. Understand this well.
Rebbe Nachman, Likutei Moharan II: 110