Look 4 the Good

The pandemic has shown that we can help each other in a crisis. How can we make our unity last.

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Building unity is not rocket science. During this time, many of us have become better at seeing the positive in others and showing appreciation. We’ve cheered for hospital staff outside our front doors. Our children have drawn pictures of appreciation to display in our windows.

Before we get back in to the full swing of life, let's resolve to focus on the positive attributes of our brothers and sisters, rather than their failings. And speak to one another in a straight and honest manner too.

Imagine if we started a wave of people recognizing the good in others, telling them about it and inviting them to do the same.

Judaism teaches we need to start with ourselves. “Love your neighbor as yourself,” teaches the Torah, so start by listing three great qualities about yourself which are to be appreciated. And then start doing the same with others, sharing the qualities you have thought about and identified in them. And then ask each of them to pass on this genuine complement-giving to someone else.

List three genuinely good qualities of your significant other and tell them. Then your children. And then move out to the concentric circles of our worlds — wider family, friends, then members of your community.

Move outside of your comfort zone. After talking to people from your community, speak to three people who aren’t perhaps even people from a community with a very different outlook, who wear different clothes and look different, perhaps even an outlook that clashes with yours, and build some bridges in exactly the same way. Share three positive qualities of the individual or their community with three different people.

We can respond to the coronavirus with a clear set of actions that nurture unity instead of isolation. Let’s spread the contagion of goodness and strive to increase unity.

Opportunity knocks. Let's answer as one.




Comments (4)

(2) alex, May 19, 2020 5:04 PM

Encountering the good

The accepted term for gratitude among some Jews is hakoras hatov, which is
inaccurate in its design. The term is more descriptive of an attitude rather than as a gesture. This is a cultivated predilection, to be ready to always be on the look-out for the good in the world, a predisposition. This is part of the achrayus,
responsibility, for keeping the world going and partnering with God.

(1) Harry Pearle, May 18, 2020 12:42 AM

I Am Going To Share Your Catchy Saying With Others By Mail

Rabbi Schiff, I love the way creative you played with the wording.

Perhaps, if I go over it, again, and again, it will really sink in.

It is hard to ignore what we think of as bad in people, but we can try to
emphasize the good. With repetition, it might just sink in.

Thanks so much BWELL - BSAFE - BCALM Harry SavingSchools.org

Harry Pearle, May 18, 2020 4:16 PM

ART SMART Wisdom 4 US ALL! (Share it)

I wonder if Rabbi Schiff can grant permission for the use of his great artwork.
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I found his earlier story on this, in The Times of Israel.
There he mentions that the quotation idea came from:
Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk.

We may share this simple, but powerful idea with others, etc.
Thank you, so much, Rabbi Schiff

Harry Pearle, May 19, 2020 12:27 PM

Amazing How the Number of Letters Increases on a Line to Eight (OO)

This is amazing!
I just noticed how the number of letters on each line of this increases,
by one, until at the end, when it gets to seven (7), and repeats.

Then, it jumps to eight (8), at the end. Eight is seen as infinity (OO)!

This suggests to me the idea of ever increasing respect, by looking for good!

What can happen if we keep sharing this idea, with more and more people?
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THANKS MUCH Harry SavingSchools.org

 

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