|Examine Your Life
Question Nine : Am I different to everyone else?
spiritual component, and its purpose in this world, are unique -- in
that way, I may be said not only to be different but even to be unlike
anyone else. In other respects, whether it be physical building blocks,
thought processes, how we view others, etc., sometimes we are different
and sometimes we have or establish commonalities.
Each of us represent one piece of puzzle of
the big picture. We are all different sizes, shapes and colors and
everyone is important to complete the picture. Tikkun and Tshuva
addresses if I am different to everyone when I seek Hashem with the
awarenes of the original pattern that was designed for me. To know my
purpose, why I am here? When you discover the good and the bad just
understand there is a divine purpose bringing you closer to these
I am different from everybody else. My neshama is my neshama, and each
person has their unique neshama. We are each brought into this world,
to perfect our souls. Our souls are given different tests and we
respond and or react according to our abilities and circumstances.
Rabbi Schwartz :
One: Yes, definitely - since I am the only person that I may control,
therefore I'm absolutely unique. As such, I may educate, train and grow
myself to be the person I want to be. True, I need also to influence
others, family, friends, community, but this doesn't take away from my
duty to grow myself. On the contrary, the best way of influencing
others is with personal example. It is by leading myself that I lead
others, whether I'm conscious of this or not.
Answer Two: Yes, I
am definitely different to everyone else, for if there would be even
one other person who was like me, there would be no reason for me to
exist. Every person has a unique character and therefore a unique path
to climb the "mountain of Hashem". Only by being each one of us
different, may we together produce the harmony and beauty which is our
We may all do mitzvos to the best of our ability; still
we have much free time in our day. Many of such hours already belong to
providing for our home and family, as well as our personal needs
including relaxation. Still, we have time to plan and pilot our own
path to the heights of our potential.
In general, we may
choose from three different areas of serving; namely, (1) Torah study,
(2) Prayer and meditation, and (3) showing kindness and encouragement
to others, and each of these is extremely broad. Then, in addition, we
make it more complex by blending these paths together to create our
totally unparalleled and special way.
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