People often ask me how to tell the difference between the evil inclination and the good inclination.
It's easy. The evil inclination is a nag who hounds you endlessly. The good inclination is a tiny whisper or a flashing illumination of the heart and brain.
So how do we handle the evil inclination? Rebbe Simcha Bunim of Pashischa says that if the evil inclination tries to inflate you with arrogance and tells you how great you are, tell it how tiny you are. If it tries to tear you down and tell you what a nothing you are, tell it how great you are - a prince or princess and one of God's favorite children.
In short, whatever the evil inclination tells you to do, do the opposite.
With the above in mind, you are now prepared to have the best Shabbat of your life. Hashem loves you and so do we, cherished brothers and sisters. Shabbat Shalom and warmest regards from sunny Ashdod on the exquisite Mediterranean coast in the holy Land of Emuna.
If you feel down for some reason, watch the following 3-minute clip. It will pick you up. My gift to you today is a 3-word saying that you must tell yourself as soon as you sense the slightest bit of sadness or depression: Hashem Loves Me. It's true, and it kills the evil inclination. Enjoy.