We were discussing the teaching (in multiple places) of the Alter Rebbe of Lubavitch that this world is far greater than the world to come. Oren also brought up a story about the Baal Shem Tov after his passing not wanting to return to the darkness of this world, not even to help his own drowning son.
We wondered at that, how can it be that this world is so amazingly unbelievable but then we move on to another world, which seems so amazing that we forget that our previous incarnation was even more blessed? To which we discovered the answer is not that one world or place is better than another, but rather that wherever you currently are situated is the best (and brightest) of all worlds. Being that HaShem always puts us 'here' now.
The best oppurtunity we have to connect to HaShem is always right 'here' right now. Any time wasted thinking about being somewhere else is a lost (unparalleled) oppurtunity to connect to HaShem in the unique way open and available to you at this very moment.
That's the lesson of the Baal Shem Tov, but it took us a number of different lessons and different stories to really own it.
May we all be able to connect to HaShem wherever we may be right now. דרשו את ה' בהמצאו - seek out God where you can be found.