God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking this world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be happy in this life and in the next.
Sweetest friends - embrace your reality, as difficult as it may be at times. It is EXACTLY what you need to fulfill your purpose on earth. OF COURSE, we daven for better things but we accept the present as it is. If you can do this then you will experience serenity in this pressure packed world...
From an email that has been circulating about a 23 year old boy with cancer, Hashem Yerachem.
He has Adult Neuroblastoma, it's usually found only in children, he's 6'5". His back was hurting him and has been going from Dr to Dr. They gave him advil, painkillers and therapy. The family insisted on an MRI and found a tumor that had crushed his vertebrate. He had it removed and rods put in.
They originally found two more tumors and the biopsy was taking, what felt like an eternity to come back and it was cancer. It was hard to diagnose because it's so rare and he's not a child. They made a plan to treat it and test more and unfortunately he has all over his body. Stage 4.They are treating it very aggressively and he had his first round of chemo and other treatments as well. He's down over 20 lbs and had to have a transfusion today.
In this weeks parsha it says that Moshe was the most humble of all men on earth - והאיש משה ענו
מאד מכל אדם אשר על פני אדמה
How about this conundrum. Moshe WROTE this in the Torah. Moshe is OBLIGATED to believe it [as we all are]. So it emerges that Moshe must believe that he is the most humble man on earth. Is that a sign of humility??? That would seem arrogant, no? I am being introduced somewhere and the person introducing me says "THE GREAT TZADIK AND GAON, MARBITZ TORAH PAR EXCELLENCE, THE PILLAR OF OUR GENERATION HARAV..." and I quickly catch him before he finishes and say "don't forget to mention my great humility".
This question is predicated upon a misunderstanding of the nature of humility. To be humble DOES NOT mean that one doesn't appreciate his talents and abilities. Moshe Rabbeinu was well aware that Hashem chose him to be the leader and redeemer of the Jewish People and greatest prophet ever. [It is one of the 13 principals of faith to believe that Moshe was the greatest of all prophets]. Hashem only chose him because of his greatness. Moshe understood this. To be humble means to appreciate that I am NOTHING without Hashem. Since it is all from Hashem, I attribute nothing to myself. I also don't see myself as better than others because EVERYBODY possess qualities that I lack and everybody has performed deeds that I have not.
To be humble is to be honest. איך בין גאר נישט!! I am nothing. Really. One little tiny bullet and a person is GOOONNEEE. One little part of his body is in extreme pain and he is in the emergency room. A stroke and minutes later the world's greatest genius can no longer utter a sound or add two and two.
When R' Aharon of Belz first came to Yerushalayim he stayed at the home of a Lubavitcher Chossid named R' Zalman Ashkenazi. Two buildings away lived a talmid chochom named R' Feivel who was raised in a very misnagdishe environment and was close to chasidim like I am close to Japanese fishermen. R' Feivel and his wife had been married for twenty years and had not been blessed with a child. On the yahrtzeit of the Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh, Rav Chaim Ben Attar [ט"ו תמוז], R' Feivel's wife dreamt that she saw him. She woke up and related her dream to her husband who didn't attribute much significance to it. She then told one of her friends who was chasidic and her friend suggested that she go to the tzadik R' Aharon two buildings away and tell him of her dream.
She did so and R' Aharon told her to go that very day to his grave on Har Hazeisim and to say all of sefer tehillim and then daven for a child. She should promise the Ohr Hachaim to name the son she bears "Chaim" in memory of the tzadik.
EXACTLY one year later on the yahrtzeit of the Ohr Hachaim, R' Feivel's wife gave birth to her one and only son, who was named ..... "Chaim".
The Tolna Rebbe ztz"l [grandfather of Mori Vi-Rabi the present Rebbe Shlita] related that when his one and only daughter was having trouble giving birth he went to the Belzer Rebbe, known as 'Reb Aharon Kdosh Hashem' and asked for a bracha. The gabbai was R' Sholom Foigel. The Rebbe asked the gabbai to repeat the name of the woman and her mother three times [that was his custom so that there should be a chazaka]. He waited a short time and then exclaimed Mazel-tov-Mazel-tov-Mazel-tov." The Tolna Rebbe looked at the clock and later found out that at that very minute his daughter had given birth to a healthy son. However, explained the Rebbe, this clear display of ruach hakodesh was no big deal for R' Aharon. He was a Malach Hashem.