“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” Seneca – Roman Philosopher – 4BC – 65ADEffort

Wow! What a powerful statement. We like to believe that our thinking is so modern and that we are forever developing new and creative approaches to life. I keep learning that there is little if any, original anything in the world. My journey keeps revealing to me that if I am willing to take the time, I will find that others that came way before me have already conquered what I am thinking about and all I have to do is learn from them.

As a Rabbi and Spiritual Counselor in South Florida I am challenged to see this in myself daily as well as helping my clients become open to the idea before integrating into their daily behavior.

That is much easier said than done. Somewhere in each of our minds is a voice that speaks to us about what we can and cannot do. When we dare to evict that voice from our thinking we usually end making an effort that helps us achieve things we only dreamed of and soar in our confidence and faith.

When we yield our power to that voice, we feel bad and get angry at ourselves. There is nothing new about Seneca’s statement. Then as now, it is predicated on faith. When I am centered and believe that whatever it is that I am attempting is good for me, I will dare to do things that I previously had been unwilling to do. When I am feeling fearful, chances are pretty good that I will not make the effort. I need to remember at all times that it is the effort that I need to make. I do not need to control the outcome or results. I may want to, but I cannot. Only God controls the outcome. God gives each of us the power to make the effort as God knows what we are capable of.

My prayer for you today is that you have the faith to make the effort, knowing that God wants you to have all that you want and that God will take care of the results in God’s time.

Hugs and Blessings,
Rabbi Mitch

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