Daily Kabbalah Tip
Advice in the daily Kabbalah lesson is recommended, practical tasks for advancing spiritually
It's not possible to grow from within despair, only from happiness.
Your advancement doesn't need to come from within despair. You can't approach the Creator if you are in despair. This can't happen. There are, of course, situations where man finds himself in despair, but from these he doesn't advance. "The fool sits doing nothing and eats away at himself." Do everything you can; just don't stay in despair.
If I see the extent of my evil, the extent that everything is bad and empty and I become despaired, that's a Klipa (shell) that hides from me the truth: how everything is filled with Light, happiness, and fulfillment. When I am in despair I am under the evil eye, like the worm in the radish. From this state there is no advancement.
It's not possible to grow from despair, but only from happiness. It's not good for a person to despair even for a moment.
- from the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 01/23/11, Writings of Rabash (minutes 40-43)