Examine Your Life
Question Nine : Am I different to everyone else?

   MP :
My 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.

   judyb455 :
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 answers.

   ivanssacks :
Yes 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 :
Answer 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 world.

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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