Pirkei Avot, Day 25

We’ve seen this message come through in many ways. In fact, we’ve seen this message in the Torah when we were told of two mountains, the mountain of blessing and the mountain of curse. Choose blessing and you shall be blessed. Choose curse and well, you know. Maybe don’t choose curse.

I think we all know by now that what we put out into the world is what we create for ourselves. You act with compassion, you will feel it’s warmth. You act with harshness and judgment, you will feel its prickliness. We know this. But we sometimes forget. We find ourselves angry, impatient, and judgy and we don’t know how we got there. The good news is that how you got there isn’t as important as what you do next. Our sages tell us that we can choose blessing at any time, even if we’ve been living in curse for a while. Every moment is an opportunity to pivot. If you’re feeling alone, reach out to someone and let them know you’re thinking of them. If you’re feeling on edge or lost, do something kind for someone else. Perhaps a stranger. If you’re feeling angry and stressed, comfort a loved one.

What we put out there is the world we create for ourselves. Act with kindness, patience, compassion, love, commitment. And when you slip, get right back on again.

Now is the perfect time to practice. I love you!

Rabbi Gabi