Giving charity is an interesting event for the Torah tells us when we give to help others, we get a return that is 10 times the value. I don’t believe that one; because, I have always experienced at least a 100 fold return (even thousands of times the return). Lucky me? No this happens to everyone with a positive attitude working within Hashem’s system. They say “you can’t take it with you.” I don’t believe that either. The best investment in this world you can take with you and that is the money or possessions that you use to help others. This investment has the best return with the highest yield dividends possible. The best part is the payoff is forever and ever.
Both Repenting ones mistakes, correcting them with words and actions, and doing the commandments are so positive a way to live that the reward is beyond comprehension. The reason is it will be rewarded on Earth but it will continue for all eternity.
Everything I am mentioning here has to be done with a very positive attitude to be effective. If one studies Torah with complete joy, gives charity willingly, with a very positive attitude towards helping people, and performs the commandments with complete love and devotion to Hashem, life will be totally successful in every way.
A very important personality trait that helps greatly is humility. One should not think that positive attitude means being arrogant. If one is boastful about his or her accomplishments and not open minded to learn new things, Hashem does not look at that person favorably. Having a positive attitude does not mean “look at how great I am.” Judaism is always concerned about embarrassing others. It is not always easy but one should consider everyone’s feelings and treat every person with respect not disdain. If someone is impossible to get along with, just avoid the person if possible. Revenge or even making fun of someone should be considered a very negative act and doesn’t get you points in Hashem ledger (He keeps track of everything). I personally experienced Hashem’s reaction yesterday. I was very pleased at the fact that my blog seams very successful. My count of new countries and visitors has exceeded my expectations. I bragged about this to my wife and others and Hashem sent me a message yesterday morning and wiped out my counter. I had to reinstate the count by reapplying for a new counter account. At first I was greatly disappointed but knowing that everything happens for a reason and for the good, I thanked Hashem for the message and did repentance for my boastful mistake. I have mentioned that there is no such thing as coincidence as proven by the fact that this should happen exactly at the time that I wanted to talk about arrogance. One of the most important messages from the Torah is not to speak lashon hara, literally the evil tongue but better understood as gossip. Talking about people even if it is something good is dangerous and not a positive act. Words are a powerful weapon and when used to hurt others, one loses favor with Hashem. When we say something about another person it is often believed. If it is a negative statement, whether true or not, that person’s reputation is harmed. Even if it is a positive statement it could harm a person since the individual may not live up to the statement that was made or may even fail miserably – disappointing everyone who heard the gossip. There are so many ramifications about gossip that once again many books have been written. The subject is a very important to Hashem since He wants us to be nice to each other. Rule of thumb, just don’t talk about someone unless it will greatly help the person you are telling and is not gossip. Example would be to warn someone that so-and-so is planning to kill him. That’s not gossip. Let me tell you a secret about lashon hara. When we leave this Earth on our judgment, we do appear in the heavenly court to plead our case (not a myth – I’ll have proof in a future blog post). The accusing attorney presents all the evidence against you of what wasn’t done correctly on Earth. What he will be saying is lashon hara unless it is against an individual who never spoke lashon hara. He cannot testify against such a person. That person gets to speak directly to Hashem and obviously is destined for a wonderful eternity. Don’t take this lightly, it’s your eternity.
One last word is that Hashem not only pays close attention to every small detail in our lives but He sends us messages to help us. Learning to recognize messages from Hashem and reacting to them is a very positive habit to have. It does help us greatly though life.