|Examine Your Life
Question 47: How may I change or transform
Rabbi Schwartz :
First, we must remember that people, all people, are very sensitive
towards any criticism. This makes it almost impossible to change others
directly. Even so…
We may change others by changing ourselves. Our most powerful
educational device is personal example. If we display integrity,
dedication and enthusiasm for all that we do, we shine a light and
inspire all who live with us in our world.
Even parents and teachers, who have great levels of influence and
authority over children and students, will fail if, together with their
lessons, they do not display a worthy example.
Spiritually also, we lift our world and those who fill it, by elevating
ourselves. The work and personal growth we strive for, even in the
privacy of our inner rooms, even in the privacy of our minds and
hearts, has a universal effect. We elevate our world as we elevate
ourselves. Conversely, we destroy our world when we allow ourselves to
slacken. Thus, we can and must change and transform others, but this
will only happen, when we work to change and transform ourselves.
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