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“And Now I’m Back………..”

August 3, 2017

Yes, it’s been some time since I published a post.  “And now I’m back to let you know I can really shake ’em down” (from “Do You Love Me” by the Contours)

During my time off,  I have been touched by the many readers from around the world that have availed themselves of this site by reading old posts.  I call those posts “Oldies But Goodies”.

The most popular post of any ever published here at the Spinning Rabbi* is, “If Iam I because I am I…   (click the title to read it).  Every day, people from all over the world visit the site to read it.

One reader during the time off, having read that post, asked in the comment box, “What if I don’t like who I’ve become? How do I change and become good? “

In responding to her question it hit me that I should share it with all of you

So my here is my response

Firstly, I must remind you as it says on my home page, I’m not a real Rabbi.

It’s great that you’re asking that question. It means that you recognize that you don’t like who you presently are. That recognition is a very positive first step. It means that you know the difference between what’s good and that which is not.

“The entire purpose of our existence is to overcome our negative habits.” – Vilna Gaon

Since you know right from wrong, as the next step, develop a pause button that allows you a moment to always ask yourself if your next words or actions are good or not. That pause moment may seem like a long time at first but with repetition and practice it will become instinctual.

“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.” – Leonard Cohen

You recognize that you don’t like who you’ve become because that’s not the true you and that’s what troubles you. The true and real you is embedded in your soul. It knows what is good and what your true purpose and mission is.

There are many posts on this site that will give you some more tips on staying on the path you truly wish to be on.

Thank you for asking me your question!

As I view the many old posts that readers have gone to over the past few months , I will re-post those that speak to the above the most and others, under the heading of “Oldies But Goodies”

You Cannot Lower Your Mountain, But You Can Elevate Yourself

Heart and Soul

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2017 8:03 pm

    I tell to the person who asked
    “What if I don’t like who I’ve become? How do I change and become good?”

    The mere recognition is a powerful step in the right direction.

    without fully understanding the problem it is hard to offer concrete help but generically speaking, they should start with a small change that you can keep to and

  2. beni permalink
    August 3, 2017 11:46 pm

    Welcome back

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. jocko permalink
    August 3, 2017 9:04 am

    Mr Fox. When I lived in Marin, I looked forward hugely to your Saturday morning spin class. Where else could I find such a combination of music, inspiration, and the opportunity to ride harder than I ever had before. Those classes truly were the highlight of my week.

    In my wanderings since leaving, I’ve ridden my mountain bike off cliffs, paddle boarded through the fog, and surfed great waves. All good, but no one to point out that I had to keep being my best Moishe or to give me other Talmudic teachings. (With Rock and Roll Annotations.)

    Very good to have your posts up again. Please put them up as often a you’re able.

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      August 3, 2017 9:13 am

      Thanks Jocko
      keep moving
      miss you

  4. Alison permalink
    August 3, 2017 8:43 am

    Beautifully stated Fred. Delighted to see your post in my email today. Re-read “If I Am I…”, truly a goodie. Looking forward to the new series. Warmly, Alison

  5. August 3, 2017 7:02 am

    Glad to see you back. The Oscar Wilde quote is one of my favorites.

  6. Matt permalink
    August 3, 2017 6:36 am

    Thanks for being here with us.

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