As Father’s Day approaches, kids (and their moms) spend a lot of energy arranging special dinners, getting tickets to sporting events, or deciding which tie to pick up for dad. Showing gratitude and honor to dad is a beautiful, meaningful thing. As a father of six children, Father’s Day is certainly meaningful to me. Since having our first son more than 20 years ago, the hoopla of the day has prompted me to reflect on what kind of father I am? What is the real purpose of being a father and what about the people who don’t have a proper father figure to look up to, what do they do?
Instinctively, few of us welcome criticism. Most of us hate it and prefer to be complimented and praised. Yet the ancient sages describe this as one of the most admirable traits of character because if we have the courage to welcome criticism, it offers us an opportunity for unlimited growth throughout our lives.
When we think deeply about the concept of commitment, we are soon aware that commitment requires perseverance, tenacity and conviction. When we then make a commitment, we discover that commitment is not easy, that setbacks are inevitable, and that accountability is essential.
I live in Sherman Oaks, CA., and was listening to your program this morning via my wi-fi radio (which I just love: I have Las Vegas, San Francisco, and New York programmed in addition to 3 Los Angeles stations). We have been members of Stephen S. Wise Temple for 45 years as well as belonging to Chabad of Conejo . . .
Note: Each question is intended to be answered individually. Resist the temptation to combine issues even within a question. Doing so will not deliver an accurate assessment of your potential Mr./Ms. “Right.”
Dedicate at least 20-minutes of quiet, uninterrupted time in which to complete this questionnaire.
Before you begin, take several slow deep breaths and allow your mind to focus exclusively on your current boy/girlfriend/love interest.
This video is why I became a Rabbi, and explains what this means to me.
When I asked this question on Facebook, people’s response was a resounding – Don’t make any! That makes sense: upwards of 78% of people report that they fail in fulfilling their resolutions. Every time we fail our self-confidence and self–worth takes a beating. Sometimes it’s easier just not to try and not to be disappointed.
Here is a challenging little exercise: Use just one sentence to define ‘pleasure’ – or what ‘pleasure’ means to you. I have every confidence that you, my faithful bloggers, will share some meaningful results!
Lionel would then point out that what everyone really wants is personal happiness. All these things that are important to us are, in actuality, just instruments to help us to feel more joy in life.
If you’ve ever experienced life as an emotional roller coaster, you know all too well that life contains peaks and valleys. Sometimes we feel great about life; sometimes we get a little depressed, and some people experience lower ‘lows’ and higher ‘high’ points than others; most of us typically live somewhere between the two.