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This Could Be The Most Contagious

March 24, 2020

Everyone the world over has been affected, sadly many infected, and too many lost by the highly contagious Covid-19 virus.

Thankfully, many are working hard on finding cures and vaccines.

It’s also heart warming to see lots of people reaching out, helping out, exhibiting Kindness.

Kindness* is very contagious.  Let’s make it the most contagious!

Kindness through compassion, empathy, love, helping, charity….

All of us can spread, affect, and infect everyone with Kindness!!

We can think kind thoughts, say kind things, and do kind things.  Think kind thoughts, turn them into kind words, then turn them into kind deeds.

Kind words, particularly in this time of challenge, are positive ones that will help calm the fears and worries of the unknown.

Probably the most difficult to do, is being kind to those we disagree with or disagree with us.  That which is the most difficult is always the most important to do.

Lead by example.  Then you will affect and infect everyone you have contact with.  Then kindness will spread and go around the world, hopefully in less than eighty days.

Sing along with me 

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.”

Be Good Do Good Think Good Be Kind Be Healthy

*for more on Kindness read previous posts by clicking here 

Time To Think

March 19, 2020

I wanted to put something out sooner but I was too busy washing my hands:)

As schools, restaurants, businesses, etc. close and so many of us are in self isolation/quarantining during this extraordinary challenge, we have much more time to think.  Use this as an opportunity to evaluate.

Some things to think about during this challenging period

Think about what your priorities have been.  What are they and/or what should they be?  What is truly valuable to you?  What will really bring you joy, not just happiness?  What gives your life purpose and meaning*, or what could?  Are there changes you could/should make?

Think of what freedom was like and value freedom more.

Thoughts turned to action

Think about who would like to hear from you, no matter how long it’s been.  Think about how that could be a regular habit.

Think about who might need some help and then help them in any way you can.  That’s something to do even in normal times.  Don’t you think?

If you have children, think about how this might affect them.  Let them see you in control, relaxed, and positive.  Hug them.

Love thy neighbor.  Love thyself, so that you can love thy neighbor.

Value every day and every moment given to you.  Then do something of value with that time.

Be grateful.  What are you grateful for?  There’s always something to be grateful for.  Start everyday thinking about what you’re grateful for.  Then end every day that way.

Most Important

Only think positive thoughts.  If negative thoughts enter, while it’s easier said than done, change the channel.  Turn on Seinfeld re-reuns, after all it’s a show about nothing:)

I have more thoughts on what you can think about but if I make this longer you won’t have time to wash your hands:)

Use the comment button to share any thoughts you would like to add to this list

 Be Good Do Good Think Good Be Healthy

*Once again, If you haven’t already read it, read “Man’s Search For Meaning” by Dr. Viktor Frankl

 

 

Can you prepare for the uncertainties in life?  

March 5, 2020

The answer is….. Certainly

Once again and continually, we are reminded of the certainty of the uncertainties of life.

There are always the global uncertainties such as the economy and markets, wars and terrorism, extreme weather, etc.  Now we are understandably concerned and uncertain about the Coronavirus.

Then there are the more personal uncertainties such as personal finances, illnesses of yourself or loved ones, relationship issues, etc.

Don’t predict your future just be prepared for it

How do you prepare for it?

It begins with always having a positive attitude.  A positive attitude keeps you strong and therefore more able and better equipped to handle any adversity, emotionally and physically.  A positive attitude will keep you focused on your goal(s).

“Think good and it will be good.” – Rabbi Menachem Mendel, The Tzemach Tzedek

If your outlook is always negative, then the choices you make will take you away from climbing your mountain, from fulfilling your ultimate dreams and goals.  It will almost certainly become a self-fulfilling prophesy, of a negative outcome.  A negative attitude makes you vulnerable to panic.  Panic, just like anger, never leads to good decisions.  Studies also show it weakens your immune system.

“If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.” — Isaac Bashevis Singer

Would a boxer be more or less likely to win a match if he went into it with a positive or negative attitude?

Along with a positive attitude, eat well, exercise, sleep, and smile.

In the case of the Coronavirus follow the recommendations such as washing your hands, etc.

 “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it”. – Helen Keller

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – Art Linkletter 

Sing Along with me “When you walk through a storm hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark at the end of the storm Is a golden sky and the sweet silver song of a lark”*

Wherever you go, wherever you’re taken always wear a smile and carry a positive attitude with you

Be Good Do Good Think Good

*From “Carousel” by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

“Slip,Slidin’ Away”*

February 23, 2020

We often speak of wanting our lives to change or for changes to be made.  We often struggle to get there, then give up, and then we have the same conversation with ourselves.  That is simply because in order for our lives to change, we actually have to be willing to make changes and then make those changes.

There isn’t a magic potion and we can’t expect instant success.  Learning and developing a new habit takes time and regular practice through use.  The longer we have been living a certain way, the longer any change takes.

Like an athlete who hires a new coach.  The new coach wants the athlete to change a fundamental part of their game, in order to improve their game.  First, the athlete unlearns the old/bad habit while learning the new/good habit.  He does this through practice and repetition , practice and repetition , and more practice and repetition……

An athlete also learns that the power is in the follow through.  If you visualize or perform a tennis stroke, golf swing, batting, shooting a basket, throwing a ball, throwing a punch, a pedal stroke, you know that the power in those athletic actions comes from the follow through.  So to it is with your dreams and goals.  Your power lies in your follow through.

Without the continual practice, repetition, and follow through, whatever progress you’ve made will be “slip, sliding, away”*

“People who believe they have the power to exercise some measure of control over their lives are healthier, more effective and more successful than those who lack faith in their ability to effect changes in their lives.” – Albert Bandura, Phd.

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

So if you really want change it’s…… “Slowly I turn…step by step…inch by inch…**

Remember, however “slowly”, each step forward is progress.  Each step forward is a step closer.  The instant gratification you would like to have is found in the steady and incremental progress.  Congratulate yourself with each step forward.

Be Good Do Good Think Good

This is also an updated version of one of the Spinning Rabbi’s greatest hits

* Paul Simon

** Famous comedy routine most associated with Abbott and Costello, The Three Stooges

 

Just One Day?

February 12, 2020

A Valentine’s Day Thought

Do we need a special day, or just one day to celebrate how valuable love is?

Those that have it, know how valuable it is.  Keeping it alive means celebrating it everyday.  Wouldn’t that make everyday a Happy one?

Those that don’t have it yet, still know how wonderful and valuable it is, which is why searching matters so much.

At one time or another, everyone was a searcher, so once found cherish it.

Here are lots of beautiful quotes on love for those that have it and the searchers

“Love is a game that two can play and both win.” – Eva Gabor

“To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic.” – Alphonse de Lamartine

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.” – Katherine Hepburn

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” – Morrie Schwartz

“Love has no age, no limit; and no death.” – John Galsworthy

“I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.” – Judy Garland

“The degree of loving is measured by the degree of giving.” – Edwin Lewis Cole

“If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.” – Michel de Montaigne

“Any love that is dependent on something — when the thing ceases, the love also ceases. But a love that is not dependent on any thing never ceases…” – Ethics of the Fathers, 5:16

“Love turns one person into two and two into one.” – Rabbi Don Yitchak Abarbanel

“I’ve learned…. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.” – Andy Rooney

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” – David Viscott

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams”. — Theodor Seuss Geisel

Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C.S. Lewis

“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.” – Tom Robbins

“Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.” – Ben Hecht

“We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving.” – Bernard Meltzer

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” –  Franklin P. Jones

“Most people have a harder time letting themselves love than finding someone to love them.” – Bill Russell

“Who, being loved, is poor?” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein

“Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says: ‘I need you because I love you.” – Erich Fromm

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.’ – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

“The first duty of love is to listen.” – Paul Tillich

“The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“I am to my beloved, and my beloved is to me” – Song of Songs 6:3

“To be loved means to feel worthy of being loved.”  – Rabbi Laibl Wolf

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand

“True love stories never have endings” – Richard Bach

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“To love another person is to see the face of G-d.” – Victor Hugo

“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.” – Anais Nin

“Love is a ladder; it allows us to climb out of ourselves”. – Noah benShea

“Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.” – Anais Nin

“Fall in love and you can fall out of love.  Create love and it will last forever.” – Tzvi Freeman

“People think you give to those that you love, true love is when you love those to whom you give” – Rabbi Dessler

“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The joyous miracle of true love is in becoming we, neither of us has to give up me.” – Rabbi David Aron

“To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.” – William Makepeace Thackeray

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran

 “What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever.  What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.” – Leo Buscaglia

“Love is a ladder; it allows us to climb out of ourselves”.  – Noah benShea

“The salvation of man is through love and in love.” – Dr.Viktor Frankl

For all the other Spinning Rabbi posts on romantic love click here

Be Good Do Good Think Good

 

“I Can’t?” – Who Says So?

January 23, 2020

Here is an old post from the Spinning Rabbi’s Greatest Hits.*

Posting it again now will help with your 2020 vision, or is it your vision for 2020.  It will help you stay Enthusiastic.

So here it is

You will be so inspired when you watch the video below, but first let’s give it a little context.

If there is something you really wish to do or accomplish, how often do you say to yourself “I can’t”?  If you say that to yourself, then you will come to believe it.  Once you believe it, it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.  That is a self-imposed limitation.  Besides, how do you know you can’t, if you don’t try?

Do you say it because others tell you that “you can’t”?  Why are you letting them decide for you?   If you listen to them, it’s the same as a self-imposed limitation.  Besides, how do they know?

This video titled “Yes I Can”, will show you what never saying “I Can’t” and always saying “Yes I Can” can do and will do for you.

Watching this, you will say to yourself, “Amazing”.  The point being made by the people in this video is just the opposite.  They don’t believe what they do is amazing!!!  They believe they can and no one can tell them otherwise!

 

You Cannot Lower Your Mountain, You Can Elevate Yourself!

*updated slightly from the original of AUGUST 17, 2016

 

Always Enthusiastic

January 14, 2020

As we begin another New Year, we make promises/resolutions to ourselves with an eye towards reaching our dreams and goals.

We begin the New Year with lots of enthusiasm towards reaching those dreams and goals.  Inevitably, for most, that enthusiasm wanes over time.

So how do we keep that enthusiasm burning?

There are lots of new beginnings.  There is a new year, a new month, a new week, a new day, hour, minute……  Each new is another opportunity to reignite the enthusiasm you had at the beginning of the last new.  If we celebrate each new as another opportunity, we can renew that enthusiasm and keep it burning.  So cherish the new of every new and especially every moment.

With every new remind yourself of your dreams and goals.  Think of a word or thought that you can use as prompt reminder.  With those reminders you will keep the enthusiasm in the present.  Renew with each and every New.

 “The beginning is embedded in the end, and the end is embedded in the beginning”. – Sefer Yetzirah 1:7

Most Important – be grateful for each New that you are given!

You were given life for this moment, so that you can give this moment life.

For a new beginning to truly be a new beginning means not being anchored to the past.  It is an opportunity to leave it behind.

Don’t just take a step forward, jump forward.  Why jump, because when you take a step, one foot is still left in the past.  When you jump, both feet leave the ground and then both land in the new spot.  That  means you are leaving the past behind and landing in your new beginning.

So leave the past behind, except for remembering the lessons you learned and create the present……Enthusiastically!!

Now with all that enthusiasm, remember that it is the Doing!!  “Wishing and hoping… and planning and dreaming”*,  – “Won’t get you where you want to go”**.  It’s the doing that will get you the results.

“When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done”.  — Lou Holtz

A reminder lesson from the Tightrope Walker who said when asked how he gets across

“It’s simple. Before I begin, I find an object on the other end and focus on it. I don’t dare take my eyes off the object while I’m walking. I don’t look to the right, I don’t look to the left, I don’t look down.  As long as I focus on my goal, I make it across”.

With every step and progress you make towards the goal congratulate yourself

Be Good Do Good Think Good

* from “Wishing and Hoping”,Dionne Warwick

** from “Words of Love”, the Mamas and Papas

 

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