I have come to realize that this way of thinking is self-imposed slavery, and I want to break free. I don't want the plague of spending the rest of my life helping people find happiness, while suffering silently for having that happiness myself.
This first month, Nisan, is an exciting, auspicious and joyful time. The word for month, Chodesh, itself means "new," and since Nisan is the beginning of a new cycle of months, it begins a new round of newness, if you will.
Heartache may seem like a loss initially, but its broader gain becomes evident in time. If we temporarily put aside the angst associated with damaged love and decipher its crucial function in our lives, we can mend our heartbreak and blanket ourselves in its hidden blessings.
The idea that a 2000-year old wall lacking spackle in-between those many heavy meleke limestone is now standing because of thousands of prayers, requests, and names are holding it up, is nothing short of miraculous.
May your children be blessed with the holiday spirit so that they experience no melt-downs, no squabbling fits, no food throwing and joy sparkling from their eyes like snowflakes glinting off your neighbor's garish light display.
How we view the world affects how we act in the world. We certainly have one hundred things that we do every day -- make phone calls, hold meetings, eat meals. The question is, through what lens do we look at those events?
As Diabetes Month ends, I don't know how much we've accomplished. I don't know how many more people with diabetes will take better care of themselves. Or how many people realized they may have undiagnosed diabetes and went to get a fasting blood sugar test.
This year as we gather for Thanksgiving, let's set an intention to treat ourselves and each other with care and, when faced with the question, "What am I thankful for?," let's notice the sensations and emotions that arise.
Time does not need to be our enemy, but it will always be our moderator of life. If we learn to treat time as the precious commodity it is, and allow it to bestow us with blessings in the right moment, we begin to acknowledge that we can have exactly what we want.
The next time you do not get that job that you so desperately wanted or you were unable to purchase the house of your dreams, take a deep breath and know that this roadblock is temporary and it must pass.
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