"Moshiach is ready to come now-our part is to increase in acts of goodness and kindness" -The Rebbe

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Searching for inspiration

Much of the time we learn Nigleh and Chassidus, attend farbrengens, and hear concepts and lessons that moderately impress us. But do these ideas have a truly deep, lasting effect upon us? Usually not. However, sometimes one is privileged to encounter a vort that doesn’t just affect him; it totally changes his life. Such a vort is a kindness from Above. It could be a story, a saying, or a teaching of some sort. Regardless, it affects him so deeply that every time he reminds himself of it, it gives him the boost that he needs to press on.
The first step is to believe that such a vort—an idea so powerful that it can even inspire hard-hearted ‘ol me to change, and to change even in the areas I find most difficult—exists. But then it’s crucial to realize that such treasures are not found through a casual, lackadaisical approach. Like a precious jewel, they are only found after one searches tirelessly.

The only way to become inspired is to want to be inspired and to seek it out. Thus, a Chossid has to constantly seek inspiration. So keep devoting time to listening to inspiring stories, sayings, and teachings. If none of them “does it” for you, that’s okay—but keep searching!

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