Today…


Today you can…

 

begin to grow in some direction…

do a good deed…

give a little something to someone else…

read something for your soul…

smile at someone…

stop and realize how marvelous the world is…

hold yourself back from doing or saying something you shouldn’t…

realize how positively awesome you are…

start to believe in yourself…

begin a diary…

say a prayer with more concentration then usual…

say a prayer for someone else…

think about eretz yisreal…

call a friend…

share a moment with a relative…

give in…

say hello to a random stranger…

do a little something for a friend…

buy a special fruit today is tu- Shevat,

look at a flower,

make a few brachos out loud,

do something for the sake of reb elyishav- all you probably know, he is in critical condition.  By the way, if you are a gentile, you can do this too- you have no idea how much he cares about every single human being.

make 100 brochos…

 

and the list goes on…

 

what do you mean you have nothing to do?

Today, you can start to change the world.

what are you waiting for?

today can be different

it’s up to you.

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License plates


recently, I was on a bus when I suddenly started noticing –

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the license plates!

 

have you ever looked carefully at a license plate?

if you have, you’ll realize that each plate has a unquie set of numbers and letters.

if you look further,

you’ll even find out some stuff about the person whose car it is.

 

you’ll find out where he lives,

is he’s traveling here or if he lives here.

sometimes,

there are even unique letters formed to create a message.

 

look closer.

If the plate is old,

then you know the person is probably older,

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and has had this car for a while

they are probably also a more experienced driver.

 

let’s think a little deeper.

each license plate is different,

each one with a flavor and a message all its own –

who has the time and patience to do that?

 

don’t they ever just get tired of this boring, thankless job?

would anybody really care if they are all the same?

 

but, no,

day in,

day out,

more and more license plates appear.

 

like this,

robbers are tracked and found,

cases are solved,

people can recognize which car is theirs,

and we learn a powerful lesson.

 

what can we possibly learn from a license plate?

 

Take a look at the people around you.

 

Each person looks different,

each person has amazing stories to tell you,

each person has a story all their own –

secrets, dreams, friendships, etc.

 

Who has the patience to sit down and decide,

day in,

day out,

that this person should live here,

this person should look like this,

this person should get this?

 

who has the patience to concern themselves with trivial,

everyday matters of over 7 billion people?

 

I’ll tell you who.

 

G-d does.

 

He never takes a break,

He creates people anew every day,

each person with their own purpose.

 

He decides these things- and more

every single day.

 

Rosh chodosh is coming very soon,

make this month meaningful-

know, you have a reason.

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Phoenix


though many recognize the phoenix through mythology,

or by the likes of books such as harry potter,

the Torah actually talks about a bird that lives a thousand years,

then shrinks,

burns,

and is re-born through its ashes.

 

life is much the same.

 

humans are like phoenixes.

if we live properly,

we can live,

then” burn”-hit a dead end, a end stop,

then re-build from our own ashes.

10 ways to make this year more meaningful


I got the idea from here

 

Unfortunately,I am not one for long lists, so here is just 10.

 

  1. make an appreciation journal. write down one thing you are thankful for every day.
  2. set aside 15 minutes a month for retro-respect
  3. ask yourself these questions every week
  4. look back at your worst moments in 2011. think about how if you might have done something differently, it might have gone completely different.
  5. look back at your best moments from 2011. how might you re- create them?
  6. think back to how you were last year. how have you grown since then?
  7. in what areas do you hope to grow? how will you do that?
  8. put down, right now, 5 ways you want to change this year and 1 way you are going to do each.
  9. were do you want to be in 5 years?how are going to start getting there now?
  10. were do you want to be in 10 years? how are going to start getting there now?

the power of man


The snake slithers,

on the tree-top,

waiting for its prey,

it finds it quickly,

and pounces on the helpless,

little mouse.

it eats it quickly,

but feels no rush of joy,

the tender and delicious meat,

tastes no different then all the other food it eats.

for you see,

to the snake,

all food tastes,

like the earth.

 

I know this d’var Torah,

is a little late,

but there is awesome message,

so I’ll say it anyway.

the snake forced Chava,<eve>

to eat something forbidden.

 

It is written,

in our holy Torah,

that someone who causes another to sin,

is worse than the sinner.

so the snake should have gotten the worst punishment,

but he only got no hands and legs,

and that all food tastes like dust,

while man was taken out of the heavens,

and forced to labor.

 

if you think about it,

having everything taste like dust,

is actually a blessing.

a snake can eat everything.

he never has to ask hashem for food,

because everything tastes the same to him.

 

Man however,

is utterly dependent for food,

no matter how much we tend to forget it.

 

But that is really the snake’s punishment.

Hashem was really telling him,

I don’t want your prayers,

I don’t care,

you do whatever you want.

 

take a moment to consider the vast gap between the snake and man.

there was no rain in this world till man got up,

and prayed for it.

 

rain means life or death for this world,

and just imagine,

that power is in our hands.

10 awesome life quotes


        1. Forgiveness is not always easy.
          At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered,
          to forgive the one that inflicted it.
          And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
          – Marianne Williamson
        2. Celebrate endings – for they precede new beginnings.
          – jlh
        3. A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
          Charles Darwin
        4. All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.-Henry Ellis
        5. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
          William James
        6. Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
          William Wallace
        7. Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.
          Karen Horney
        8. He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
          Friedrich Nietzsche
        9. Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.Richard Bach
        10. In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.Robert Frost

 

what are your favorite life quotes?

what have these taught you?

The shofar’s calls


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The sounds of the shofar echoes,

throughout the shul.

 

rousing us,

reminding us that the day of judgment is upon us.

all tremble in awe and fear,

before the king of all kings.

 

But wait,

it is nearly to late,

Rosh Hashana,

is already upon us!

 

we had months of constant reminders,

so many voices urging us,

to start to change,

Rosh Hashana isn’t a time to think about what to do,

it’s a time to commit to it.

 

Rosh Hashnah is almost upon us,

were you will stand to be judged,

It’s not too late,

come to this new year,

with a commitment to start anew,

 

Hashem is ready for you to start a new year,

but,

the real question is-

are you?

 

This is the first in the Rosh Hashana series,

which is the first part in the Yomim Norim series.