Monday, December 30, 2013

Rendering first aid after a motor vehicle accident and Moses on what is Success

Life can be a Constant Party

The Bible says the life of someone who has a positive attitude about all that occurs is likened to a life of constant parties. (see Proverbs 15:15) His entire life is full of happiness and joy. Such a person does not need special situations to supply him with happiness. Whatever he does and wherever he is, he finds things to be happy about. He grows constantly from each experience and from each person with whom he comes into contact.
Mastering this attitude requires time and effort, but is a very worthwhile investment. If you want your life to be a constant party…
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Subject tried to run over an officer

Subject: Rendering first aid after a motor vehicle accident

Please remember that proper care and stabilization of the victim is critical. It's VERY fortunate for the victim that the local police officers in this footage
were fully trained and aware of this fact.

They were immediately able to immobilize him, were able to prevent him from further injuring himself, and should be commended for their speedy actions.

The Miranda Rights can come later ...

Quote from Rabbi Sacks on the Parsha

Rabbi Hutner's point is that greatness cannot be achieved without failure. There are heights you cannot climb without first having fallen.

For many years, I kept on my desk a quote from Calvin Coolidge, sent by a friend who knew how easy it is to be discouraged. It said, "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." I would only add, "And seyata diShmaya, the help of Heaven." God never loses faith in us even if we sometimes lose faith in ourselves.

The supreme role model is Moses who, despite all the setbacks chronicled in last week's parsha and this, eventually became the man of whom it was said that he was "a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were undimmed and his energy unabated" (Deut. 34: 7).

Defeats, delays and disappointments hurt. They hurt even for Moses. So if there are times when we too feel discouraged and demoralised, it is important to remember that even the greatest people failed. What made them great is that they kept going. The road to success passes through many valleys of failure.  There is no other way.

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