Someone lacking clarity as to what is truly important can still feel inferior, based on nonsense that has no bearing on self-worth.
An example is Nebechudnezzer, who was a monarch with
tremendous power, but nevertheless failed to find satisfaction. The Midrash says he constantly felt embarrassed because he was short and fat.
He had a choice of focusing on his power and enjoying it, but instead focused on his physical shortcomings. He thus turned his life into a constant state of misery - when he should have rather ignored these things (which pragmatically made no difference anyway).
As a tool, ask yourself: "How does a certain factor prove that I am less of a person?"
Remember: Lack of skills and talents are practical liabilities, but in no way detract from the essential value of the person.
(Rabbi Yosef Leib Bloch - Shiurai Daas; Kol Tzofayich; Gateway to
Happiness, p. 122)
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.
Give Tzedakah!Help Aish.com create inspiring articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom.