We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence,
but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist, student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato’s teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle’s writings constitute a first at creating a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality and aesthetics, logic and science, politics and metaphysics.
Another way of saying this is; I cannot think my way into good action, but I can act my way into good thinking.
I spent about thirty successful years in the fields of communal service and fund raising. During that span of time I had the distinction of meeting countless numbers of amazing people and some who thought they were amazing. I do not say that in a harsh way as I know that I was one of them for many years and once in a while still can be. Nonetheless, I do draw the distinction.
Zig Ziglar, the noted American author, salesperson, and motivational speaker often said that if you want the freshest and most creative ideas, hang around the non-profit folks as they are the masters. He was right. What he saw and what I learned was that the value that I derived from my legions of dedicated, bright, caring and capable volunteers who came in to stuff envelopes three times a week, to set up a room for a program or decorate for a party were just as valuable as the major donors who provided the needed funding to provide the essential services for those in need.
The value was the mutuality of respect they all had for each other. Money did not make their ideas better. If the idea was good it was good because it stood on its own merits. If it wasn’t it didn’t matter that the person who thought it up gave a large gift. The value and the beauty of being a part of something larger and greater than myself is that I learn the value of you and me working toward a common goal. If all I had were major donors and no other volunteers, I would have had an empty building and conversely, if all I had were volunteers I would have had no money to provide services. The value is that we all do together what we can to achieve a greater good than any one of us could achieve alone.
My prayer for you today is that you see your value and your neighbor’s so together you can add value to the next person you meet.
Continue your journey toward spiritual and emotional wellness by contacting me today. You may reach me via phone at 954-755-3764 or email Rabbi Mitch.
Hugs and blessings for a joyous day


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