Friday, December 09, 2005

Stubborness

To be an Ackshan in Hebrew means to be stubborn. One can be stubborn in many situations such as in their religious beliefs, in loving their spouse, in praying to God, or in their studies. It behoves us to understand where this trait is derived from in order to remedy our negative actions. I have been called a donkey several times in my life. I am assuming that it was for a good reason. My favorite word is "No." Without getting too Freudian, I think the reason I enjoy saying no is because it shifts responsibilty to someone else to accomplish what I do not wish to be bothered with. It is much easier for me to reflexively tell someone I am too busy or I do not know how to do a certain task rather than attempt to work out a solution. Or it may be possible I am mentally slow- I do not know. Examples of unmotivation range from: waking up on time for Shachris; coming on time for Seder; not watching movies or TV; calling my mother; and studying for tests. From my vantage point in life it seems that others have it easier to be able to accomplish great things. I do envy those who have made strides in accomplishing great things for humanity. Changing myself into becoming a better person is to begin to change the world; but, wouldn't it be nice if I can come up with some new cure for cancer or some new codification of Tanach?

3 Comments:

Blogger RuchniGashmi said...

I concur with many things you have written here. But let me tell you this, the greatest people to live, to make contributions to the world, to change humanity, were the people who were being the best they could be and not trying to be something they weren't. Want to codify Tanach of Halachah a certain way? Wantto find the cure fopr cancer? Want to make a differnce in this world? Start by being the best you could be, learning to overcome the seemingly "small" issue you are faced with now and then two things will become apparent- You will realize you were destined to change humanity on a local, national or wordl-wide level or you will be happy and find meaning in not being the next Einstein or Gadol but rather the next best person you can be. Do I make sense?

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Blogger Littleredridinghoodie said...

You would make a terrible actor, the first thing they tell you in acting school is there is only one answer to any question and that is yes. Can you hop, skip, jump? Yes ;)

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