Question: Kabbalah has taught me to accept all the troubles that come my way with a smile. Is that wrong?
Answer: The science of Kabbalah gives a person the strength to feel, after all of the troubles, that they have a reason. And it doesn’t matter whether you are crying or smiling form the misfortunes. The most important thing is that you use them beneficially, for taking a step forward. The misfortune has to be perceived as a force that obligates you to advance.
But we have to try to advance even before we receive the blow, just like in the cartoons about Tom and Jerry where a huge cat chases a small mouse. They always show how the mouse runs away from the cat, who is just about to catch the mouse, but the mouse always runs away. That is how we should run toward the goal, while the problems will keep on chasing us, running right behind us all of the time. But try to escape them!
We have to understand that the problems are exactly what enables us to run to the right place and very quickly. We have to try to be that smart mouse.
From the 2nd lesson at the Rome Convention on 5/21/11