Jewish Inspiration – Pierce our hearts with a spark of desire to grow
A Gadol, a great rabbi, once modified the word inspiration by instead saying “inspearation.” Intending that the purpose of inspiration is to pierce our hearts with a spark of desire to grow. This is the purpose of this Blog.
It is very important that inspiration be available at our fingertips. That is, to always be available to us. Without inspiration, it is very easy to get caught up in life and not utilize our potential to its maximum. Inspiration is not a one-time thing.
To merely read an inspiring article and to go on with life without taking any further steps will cause the original inspiration to end up eventually fading away. Rather we must be like Yisro who upon hearing about the miracles that Hashem performed for the Yidden when they left Egypt and allowed that inspiring news- that there is only one G-d- to compel him to convert. Noticed that the ENTIRE WORLD heard about the splitting of the Yam Suf- an awesome miracle performed by Hashem. Yet they must have been inspired for some period of time but they did not allow it to change them for the better. As Rav Yechezkel Levenstein zt’l put it: “The only way to change [for the better] is to engage in very deep reflection [within oneself] in the tradition of the Ba’alei Mussar.” (The great Rabbis who excelled at personal growth.)
How do we take home the messages written in this blog? That is a very good and life-changing question. The answer is as follows. After every article that inspires you, you need to ask yourself: “ What, in particular, did I enjoy or like about it.” Write that point down in a self-motivated growth journal. Then make a plan for yourself: “How can I go about implementing this message so that I will become a different person for the better?”
Think hard. Sometimes it takes work, however, eventually, you will get there. Every day keep track of that specific point that originally inspired you and ask yourself: Was I given a chance to live up to that inspiration I once had today?” Did I grab it like one grabs an opportunity to make a fortune? If so, make a point of how to reinforce and strengthen that trait which you just grew in, in order to be able to keep growing in that area. Or did I let this opportunity pass by? And if so, find a way to learn from your mistake in order to avoid repeating it in the future. When one does this, one is assured to grow tremendously in ones Avodas Hashem (Service of Hashem).
Enjoy, and most of all- be inspired.
Shmuel Brodersen is a talmid of Rav Binyomin Moskovitz, Rosh Yeshiva of Midrash Shmuel, Yerushalayim.