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Daily Lift #146

Compensate for Each Other's Differences

Imagine two people who are very different from each other. This needn't be a source of conflict. Rather, if each one focuses on how to help the other, then the differences between them will actually make their personalities complementary.

Not only will they like each other despite their differences, but rather, because of them. They will even become closer, because their differences provide more opportunities to be of service to each other.

Contrast this to those who focus on what he can take from the other. They will quarrel frequently and eventually end up hating one another.

(see Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler - Michtav MaiEliyahu, vol.3, pp.33-4; Rabbi Pliskin's "Consulting the Wise")

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) Joey, October 18, 2009 7:36 AM


This reminds me of an old story about a blind man and a crippled man who both wanted to find a magic healing stream. Neither could get to it on their own, so they came up with a clever solution---the blind man carried the crippled man on his shoulders, and the crippled man used his sight to tell the blind man where to walk. XD God bless!

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