Sometimes there is so much emphasis on words, we teach our kids Thank You and Please, and we expect to hear I Love You, those words are so important in so many areas of our lives. I love the post above because it is the reality of love, it is more than three words, and I for one prefer straightforward in my face reality, than just plain words.
We can feel when something is real, and I always like to say the pros have to outweigh the cons. We have had an intense few weeks with our kids home on a way too long vacation, family and friends visiting from out of town, and not feeling 100%. We get through it, that is all you can do, it makes no sense to give up, walk away, or even get upset. You just deal, and own up when your end can be better.
The lesson of the week from this Shabbat was so powerful about owning up to what was wrong, and being rewarded because you were true to yourself and honest with others.
That is all I want from everyone I meet,
To Listen and Feel,
For them to be true to themselves,
Also to be honest with everyone they come across,
One of the hardest things I have to do is admit I’m wrong. Okay, it rarely happens, but when it does – I’m the first to say it!
As the Torah arrives at the confrontation between two of the leaders
of the Jewish people, Joseph seems to win out. The entire future of
the nation was in his hands, and in fact, as long as he remained
alive, Joseph played a pivotal role in their destiny. Yet
interestingly, Jacob overlooked all of this and put the future
leadership of the Jewish nation into the hands of Yehuda, from whom
comes the dynasty of King David. Rav Soloveichik suggests one of the
reasons behind this is that Yehuda had the ability to acknowledge his
mistakes. Any kind of leader, whether a president, CEO, teacher,
parent, or anyone else, has to have the inner strength to admit he was
wrong and change direction if necessary. If a person can’t admit that
he is wrong, the results can be catastrophic. Yet someone who is
willing to own up to his mistakes can bring blessings upon himself and
those around him for all eternity, just as Yehuda brought blessings to
the Jewish nation through the kings who descended from him.