The classic work of Jewish Ethics, "Path of the Just," says: "Every
aspect of our lives is a challenge and test."
With this perspective, life will never be boring or mundane. Every
single situation and occurrence is different from every other - and
each is an opportunity for elevation and growth.
When you are aware that a situation is a test, you will find it much
easier to deal with. To illustrate this concept, imagine that you went
for a job interview and the potential employer shouted an insult at
you. You would most probably feel either upset or angry. But if
someone told you in advance that this employer shouts at job
candidates to test their reaction to stress, you would find it easy to
remain calm. You realize it is just a test and it is in your best
interests to pass it.
That is how we can view each event and situation. It is a test of our
spiritual strength and courage, and we can look forward to passing it.
We're human. We need food. We need meaning and connection. And we most definitely need encouragement.
Now, in this wise and charming new volume, we learn how to effectively use the massive power of encouragement,
to encourage ourselves and others, particularly when we feel overwhelmed or depleted.
In Encouragement, Rabbi Pliskin shares meditations and affirmations, inspirational true stories, and his trademark
wise, practical advice. He shows us how our words can help others - and ourselves -- become more confident,
optimistic, and upbeat people.
Rabbi Zelig Pliskin is the author of 25 books with his specialty in mastering happiness and other positive inner resources.
His last 15 books include such titles as: "Taking Action", "Happiness", "Kindness", "Courage", "Serenity", "Building Your Self-image" "Conversations with
Yourself" and "Marriage." These books are available at: Artscroll.com.
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