This is one of my favorite quotes as it is one I have learned much from over the span of years. There was a time when I could be a “fool” without trying as I had no filter on my lung/tongue connection. I always thought I had a right to say whatever it was I wanted to say regardless of any other consideration. It took me a long time to change, but I have.
Another of my favorite quotes is: Learn to listen and listen to learn. What a valuable tool that has been for me to grow in my understanding of what I need to say or want to say. I have learned that when I am in a “want” place to keep silent and when in a “need” place to question my motives. People have often said, Rabbi Mitch, speak up! Say something! Tell them they are wrong! Tell them something! Tell them what they should be doing!
When I first was ordained as a Rabbi, I felt obligated to always speak up. As a Spiritual Counselor and Sober Coach, I wanted to tell you what and how to do. I no longer do.
There was a time when I would have felt very full of myself that others wanted me to speak on their behalf. Not today; now I ask them what they are feeling and help them find their voices and courage to share what they feel and think. What I think and feel is no longer paramount for me to tell everyone. I learn and grow listening to you and remaining silent.
My prayer for you today is for you to know that what you think and feel always has power within you and does not always need to leave you.
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Hugs and blessings for a joyous day!