In life, we can either let our experiences make us bitter, or we can channel that feeling towards being a good example in order to improve things.


Monday, May 07, 2007


A friend of mine and I were talking about this topic.

Sometimes a certain goal or task looks huge and it seems like we'll never accomplish it. Especially if we're going forward and doing well and then slip and fall to the bottom.
But what we should remember is it doesn't mean we failed. We can still succeed if we keep trying and go forward. One thing that helps to alleviate the task is to focus on the journey instead of the result or destination. It's the journey and effort we put into it that counts. As it says in Pirkei Avos 2:21 ''It is not up to you to complete the task, but you're not free to withdraw from it.'' The job might be really hard, but we are only expected to try our best.


socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Thank you very nice thoughts, I totally agree great points.

Anonymous said...

very nice thought!

Reb Yisroel Salanter said:
A yid darf nisht Oiftohn... A yid darf nisht Optohn... a yid darf TOHN!!!

Loosely translated:
A yid doesn't need to focus to accomplish, A yid doesn't have to focus to Finish, what he needs to focus is to DO what needs to be done!

Lakewood Venter said...

true, true

Lvnsm27 said...

Social, thanks

Nuch, exactly

LV, :)

Okee said...

Nice! I also like the quote "A tzaddik falls seven times before he stands" meaning "A tzaddik stands becasue he fell seven times"

(Or something like that -I learned it in seminary, and that was a while back!)

Lakewood Venter said...


The Dreamer said...

so true...

Lvnsm27 said...

Okee, yea that's a good quote

Dreamer glad you like

David_on_the_Lake said...

good attitude..
I'm the master of unfinished projects lol

My basement is full of unfinished paintings..books..

But its still fun

Lvnsm27 said...

That's good that it's still fun