Reinvention

Be Friends

I pray that you awoken to joy and hope today. Let me say that the most important part of my life is to be friends.

Be friends with everybody. Be friends with your spouse. Be friends with your children. Be friends with your relatives. Be friends with your neighbors and your fellow workers and your acquaintances. And yes, even be friends with your enemies.

 

Clergy have friends and clergy also have people that don’t like them. As a Rabbi, I am often confronted what to do when someone finds me objectionable. There was a time when my defenses would go up and I would let them have it. That only made matters worse. What I have learned is that we don’t have to be friends to get along, but that I will feel much better about me when I act friendly toward you.  

 

Just be friends! The most important and often the hardest person to be the best of friends with is I. That will be a topic for another day.

 

How often do we accept things that irk us in our friends but not in our spouses? We are often most critical with those closest to us as we believe that because of the closeness we have a right to be critical and judgmental in ways we would not be with friends. I am sure that we have both learned that this just is not so. The closer you are to me the more I need to treat you as my dearest friend and accept you as you are just as I hope you will accept me. I sometimes forget that I have the same imperfections as you do and you tolerate and accept mine with love.

 

There is no greater gift I can give to those I love and who love me than the gift of friendship.

 

My prayer for you today is that you be your own best friend and give the gifts of friendship to those closest to you and to all you come in contact with.

 

I am a modern and independent Rabbi with an MSW Degree and 24+ years of sobriety providing addiction counseling focusing on healing, spiritual guidance and personalized life cycle events. If you, a family member or friend are in need of my services, please contact me at 954-629-9281 to get the help you deserve.
Hugs and Blessings,
Rabbi Mitch

Five Good Minutes

Are you worthy of five good minutes each day? I pray you believe you are for in five good minutes you are capable of achieving a great deal.

In my journey as a Rabbi in Recovery, I have learned over and over how much can be accomplished in moving one from negative to positive actions in seconds let alone minutes. Five good minutes used well can change your entire life.

I know how busy you are and how much you have to get done for others, your children, your boss, your colleagues, your partner, your friends, your volunteer commitments and the list goes on. Where are you on that list? If you are not first then everyone else on that list will not get the best of you.

You can find five minutes at the start of your day if you choose to. We both know that. These are the best five minutes I spend with me everyday for they are the five minutes that set the tone for my day.

I use these five minutes to affirm my goodness, kindness, value, faith, love and joy. I find my purpose for today in these five minutes. I identify my goals for today in these five minutes. I affirm my love for my family and friends in these five minutes. I pray for the sick and suffering in these five minutes.

Five minutes may seem of little significance, but my friends, it is eternity when I fill it with my value, spirit and soul, for then it is no longer about time, but about me.

My prayer for you today is that you value you enough to find five good minutes at the start of your day to know what it is you want and need to achieve today.

I am a modern and independent Rabbi with an MSW Degree and 24+ years of sobriety providing addiction counseling focusing on healing, spiritual guidance and personalized life cycle events. If you, a family member or friend are in need of my services, please contact me at 954-629-9281 to get the help you deserve.

Hugs and Blessings,
Rabbi Mitch

Attitude

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank

The topics listed below are from various books and speeches made by Steve Siebold, an internationally known motivational speaker and peak performance coach.

When I saw these I was moved to summarize them into one word: Attitude. When I am blessed with the first breath of a new day, it is incumbent upon me to give thanks and resolve that I am going to make today a great new day. There were many years when awakening was something I dreaded and the notion that today was going to be a great day was absurd. Darkness was my attitude and I couldn’t wait to tell you why your positive attitude was a waste of time.

Well, I am one of the fortunate ones as I was given another chance at making life better and with God, willingness, faith and hope, I now awaken with a soaring spirit and knowledge that today already is a great new day if I have been given the blessing of this new day. The rest is about my attitude. My cup is always full; never half full; half full is a negative.

As a Rabbi and Spiritual Counselor in South Florida, I am always seeking to share my message of healing, hope and happiness. Having gotten a “do over” in my life, my gratitude knows no bounds and my joy is endless.

So dear friends, pick your topic below or pick them all, but always know that the attitude you choose upon awakening today will dictate the quality and success you achieve on that day.

 

Champions are driven by emotional motivators
The great ones chose discipline over pleasure
Middle class vs. world class
The great ones believe they cannot fail…they can only learn and grow
The great ones take responsibility
Champions have an immense capacity for world class concentration
Common sense is the foundation of high performance
The great ones make the complicated simple
Champions are driven by a world class belief system

 

My prayer for you today is that you choose a positive attitude and soar with the eagles and achieve all that you hope for in your life.

I am a modern and independent Rabbi with an MSW Degree and 24+ years of sobriety providing addiction counseling focusing on healing, spiritual guidance and personalized life cycle events. If you, a family member or friend are in need of my services, please contact me at 954-629-9281 to get the help you deserve.

Hugs and Blessings,
Rabbi Mitch

Speaking To The Person

“If I cannot say it to you, I dare not say it, for the person who repeats it will never say what I said or meant.” – Rabbi Mitch

I used to seek opportunities to tell others of the dishy details of your life for the hole in my soul was so great that I felt more important for the valuable information I just told you. Of course I swore you to secrecy and of course you swore on the life of your pet gerbil that you would never repeat this and of course you did. I pray that I am not the only person to have experienced that scenario.

I hurt many people during this time in my life and came to see that my internal pain and suffering caused me to hurt others in ways that were inconsistent with whom I truly was. My basic nature is one of kindness and compassion, yet when I was in my own psychic pain, I was anything but kind and compassionate.

Today, through faith and the healing of my soul, I no longer have the need to talk about you, but rather I now talk with or to you about whatever it is that concerns me about you or us. By communicating directly with you, we move our relationship forward and I grow my honesty and integrity. Now, when people share things with me about others with joy on their faces, I just listen and pray for their healing as I know from my own experience what that feels like.

My prayer for you today is that you find your courage in speaking directly to me rather than about me to someone else.

I am a modern and independent Rabbi with an MSW Degree and 24+ years of sobriety providing addiction counseling focusing on healing, spiritual guidance and personalized life cycle events. If you, a family member or friend are in need of my services, please contact me at 954-629-9281 to get the help you deserve.

Hugs and Blessings,
Rabbi Mitch