Monday, November 29, 2010

Birds of a feather....and Act the Way you wish to Be and a Prayer for John

Act The Way You Wish To Be

There is a basic principle found in the writings of the Rambam (a great early Sage)) and other classic Torah sources: "Act the way you wish to be and you will become that way."

We are influenced by our actions. Take, for example, someone who wants to become a kinder person. By doing many acts of kindness over time, the person actually becomes an authentically kinder person.

Each day write down at least ten positive actions that you did. Write down kind words and acts, blessings that you said mindfully, and positive things that you did even though they were hard to do. Write down when you felt grateful, and when you refrained from saying something that would cause another person distress. Write down an encouraging telephone call that you made.

What will happen when you are resolved to write down ten positive actions each day? You will go out of your way to do them. This will have a cumulative effect on your self-image.

Today Monday, November 29th, my son-in-law, John, an angel on earth if there ever was one, is having surgery for testicular cancer.  Please include him in your prayers.

Love Yehuda



The painters of these feathers are outstanding, 
but the message below the feathers, "God's Wings," may touch your soul.... 

God's Wings 
After a forest fire in Yellowstone National
Park, forest rangers began their trek up a
mountain to assess the inferno's damage.
One ranger found a bird literally petrified in
ashes, perched statuesque on the ground
at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by
the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. 
When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried 
from under their dead mother's wings.
The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, 
had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had
gathered them under her wings, instinctively
knowing that the toxic smoke would rise.
She could have flown to safety but had refused to 
abandon her babies. Then the blaze had
arrived and the heat had scorched her small
body, the mother had remained steadfast....
because she had been willing to die, so those
under the cover of her wings would live. 
'He will cover you with His feathers,  And
under His wings you will find refuge.' 
(Psalm 91:4)
To realize the value of a Friend...lose one.

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