Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. Abraham Lincoln

Once again, Abe wins the day with his simple yet profound wisdom. How many times have we walked into a room where we both thought and expected to be recognized and weren’t  Often I suspect. I know I have and I can remember the feeling of disappointment and resentment that filled me. How dare they not know who I am! I was and still can be a legend in my own mind. I had such a hole in my soul that I kept relying on you and others to praise me for I could not do that for myself. It took me a long time to figure out that I was not living my life or behaving in a manner that attracted recognition.

As I have journeyed in recovery from my addictions, become ordained as a Rabbi and counseled people, I have been blessed for now I am grateful when nobody recognizes me and I can be okay within me. That is the gift I sought my entire life and now have been blessed with it. I recognize me and I behave toward you in a way that merits recognition when you or others choose to recognize me. It is nice when it occurs, but it is no longer something I need to fill my soul. I fill them today by doing for others and knowing that my recognition is an inside job.

My prayer for you today is that you recognize you and your specialness.

I am a modern and independent South Florida Sober Rabbi with an MSW Degree and 23+ years of sobriety providing Sober Coaching and Addiction/Spiritual Counseling focusing on energizing, affirming, motivating, healing, spiritual guidance and personalized life cycle events.

If you, a family member or friend are suffering, call me at 954-755-3764 to get the help you deserve. I can help you!

Hugs and blessings for a joyous day!

Rabbi Mitch

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