From now on each soul will be responsible for giving account of his or her life. We are all on a spiritual journey, writing the "Book of our Life. We take time to review our lives from the previous year. We must begin by asking God for courage and strength We need to confess the truth if we are to be free from the pain of the past.
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The same principle for success applies in the game of life. If you ask someone: Are you eating to live, or living to eat? Now ask them: What are you living for? But all too often, rather than trying to answer the question, the person escapes by turning on the TV or grabbing a newspaper.
A man I know in Jerusalem was accidentally shot, and as a result became a paraplegic. While lying in the hospital, he was faced with this question: "What is life all about? What am I living for? So we have to start asking ourselves now. Ultimately what we want in life is to love God. What we have to do is get in touch with this desire of our souls and then plan how to attain that love.
If it is, then ask, "What am I doing to attain it? You need a regular system to evaluate how well you performed and take stock of where you stand. Then make a plan so the next day will be more productive. Ask yourself: What have I accomplished today? Did I accomplish what I intended? How am I going to improve for tomorrow? What are my strengths and weaknesses? How far have I come in my long-term goals? Track down your own Achilles heel, and concentrate on that.
If you review your list daily, and get angry at your own stupidities, then that anger will give you the power to make changes. Annual Review On Rosh Hashana, we make a cheshbon covering the previous year. On the other hand, our day-to-day actions need to be reviewed constantly. All the little steps are critically important. Great people started at the bottom too, and worked their way up. We have to keep track of our time management and constantly juggle our priorities.
We have to take responsibility for our lives because no one else will do it for us. The most important thing is to ask ourselves and clarify "What am I living for?
This is the common denominator of "free will" available to every human being. The shofar blasts like an alarm clock. We can either wake up and ask the right questions, or sleep our lives away.
The Almighty wants us to wake up and live. Comment on this Article.
What is Cheshbon Hanefesh?
The same principle for success applies in the game of life. If you ask someone: Are you eating to live, or living to eat? Now ask them: What are you living for? But all too often, rather than trying to answer the question, the person escapes by turning on the TV or grabbing a newspaper. A man I know in Jerusalem was accidentally shot, and as a result became a paraplegic.
Spiritual Accounting System