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Minute 985 // Can't Hurt Me

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Today's message is dedicated
in Memory of
Abraham ben Rosa a'h
by EDDIE & HELEN SHAMAH & FAMILY



“I was so insulted!” we often exclaim. “So-and-so ruined my whole day!”


Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita, says, “Oversensitivity is a major cause of trouble in people’s lives. It prods them to bear a grudge and take revenge.”


When a person understands the temporary nature of his stay in this world and realizes how soon he will leave it, he is not concerned with insults. Rabbi Zelig Pliskin suggests that we start to think differently about insults to protect ourselves from the emotional and spiritual damage they cause. Imagine, he says, a businessman on a trip bumping into someone who insults him. If he is wise, he will ignore the verbal punch. He is on business and cannot afford to waste precious time on trivial matters. Besides, when away from his real home, insults don’t seem to matter that much. Our sojourn in this world is only a “business trip.” We are here to do a job, then we will be going “home.” We certainly don’t have time to waste on trivialities. Insults are really irrelevant to our true bottom line.


The great Mussar master Shevet Mussar says you should ask yourself, “What harm is the person actually doing to me? Will I be missing a hand or a foot because of what that person said?”


When someone says something that you deem insulting, change your perspective and ask yourself, “Am I really any different because of what that person said about me?” Definitely not! Stepping back from the hurt of the moment can protect your ego from emotional pain and help you go a long way towards successfully attaining your goals for the day.


 


CONSIDER THIS FOR A MINUTE


The reason we say “Hodu l’Hashem kir-oo bishmo—Give thanks to Hashem, proclaim His Name and make His deeds known amongst the nations” every morning is because David haMelech said it every day before the Aron haKodesh (Holy Ark). (Tur, siman 51)




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