Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing. I don’t know the author; I wish I did. But for at least a decade, our children have heard one of these every night, in no particular order. Sometimes it was the only gift they got, but even if there was something to unwrap, they got these gifts first.
Tonight, the gift of OPTIMISM
This includes both a sense of perspective and a sense of joy. Life will be hard enough, so relish the good moments. Our other gifts will help you stay strong in the face of adversity. This one will help you savor its absence. Focus on hope, equanimity, and a positive outlook, instead of on worry and pessimism. Be a joyous presence in the world. Count your blessings. Have fun.
Chag orim sameach; Happy Chanukah!