Everything worthwhile is difficult.
This little nugget of wisdom is not only common sense, but is explained beautifully by Rav Ashlag:
"And you should know that all possessions or attributes that can be generally included as Wisdom, Might and Richness, have to be achieved through effort. For a big possession you need to go through big sufferings and for a small possession you need to suffer little."
Today, check in with yourself to find out just how hard you are willing to work to achieve your dreams.
I can't tell you how many successful people told me their breakthroughs came the moment after they decided not to abandon ship, quit, forget it, change jobs or break up.
Never give up the ship!
The challenge is that we give in to pain. We can't endure and we submit to the feelings of worthlessness, doubt, hopelessness, and on and on and on.
Today, I ask you to have patience - with yourself. Find a way to soothe yourself, to talk kindly to yourself, to tell yourself:
"I'll find a way."
Once upon a time, a tiny frog fell into a giant bowl of cream. Unable to get out, the little fella kept kicking, kicking, kicking until finally the cream turned to butter, and he was able to jump to safety.
This is us. We are the frog. We can either give up hope when faced with impossible challenges, or we can kick, kick, kick until the curses turn to blessings. Rest assured, our Creator wants us to survive our battles, conquer our demons, and no matter how dark life may be, there is always Light at the end of the tunnel. Our challenge is to maintain our certainty and to continue fighting the good fight.
Keep kicking today. Know that there is a solution to whatever it is that threatens to overwhelm you.
"I don't want to judge but..."
Before you judge yourself for judging another, consider this: It's a good thing this is happening because it's activating something inside, some part of yourself that is crying out for correction. Remember what I wrote in the Power of Kabbalah, The Light surrounds us with mirrors reflecting back what our soul needs to correct.
Today, don't hate the mirror! Refocus on what's coming up for you. You'll see that as you begin to work on your reaction - and finding its hidden source - the judgment will fall away and understanding will take its place.
Rav Ashlag, the founder of
The Kabbalah Centre, says there is only one thing we can do to defeat our ego -
The moment we see it, the Light comes in and sucks it out of us. When we give up our ego completely, when we achieve the level where we can do true letting go of our agenda, that's immortality in all parts of our life.
Today, recognize everything about you that is opposite of the Light, and connect it to your ego. Whatever hurts you, whatever ticks you off, whatever saddens you, whatever insults you, whatever worries you, whatever frightens you, know that it's simply your ego doing its job of blocking your Light.
Connecting to the Light is easy compared to connecting to other people!
Rav Ashlag, founder of the Kabbaalh Centre in 1922, taught that the real work in this life is to learn how to relate better, to be a better friend, neighbor, so on and so forth.
Today, hone in on one difficult relationshiop and see where you can add a little extra compassion and understanding. In matters of the spirit, a little goes a long way.
"Some people wear their faith like an overcoat. It only warms them, but does not benefit others at all. But some light a fire and also warm others."
- Rav Mendel of Kotzk (1789 - 1859)
Today, find little ways to bring warmth and love into someone else's life.
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