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Elul 15: Change the lightbulb


Let's say I wanted to lose weight or learn a new skill. Easy, right? Eat less and move more, take  a class or find a teacher. 

Except, what if I liked to eat and didn't want to exercise or if I were convinced that I'm too old to learn new tricks. Not so easy now, is it? 

The bottom line: in order to change, I have to be willing to change. Change, whether it's weight, health, or skills, requires a psychic change of attitude. It's true

Every January 1st we make resolutions that are broken by January 31. And every Rosh Hashanah, we recite a litany of misdeeds and transgressions that - all determination aside - we recite the following Rosh Hashanah knowing full well that oops, we did it again.

All our good intentions get us nowhere unless and until we are willing to do what it takes to revise the way we look at ourselves and our world.

The problem is that  most of us aren't willing to do that until we absolutely have to. I knew someone who chain smoked for years until he damn near burned down his house when he fell asleep hanging on to a lit cigarette. Many of us know people who are overweight and live a spectacularly unhealthy life style ... until they wake up one day in the CCU with a scar running down their chests. 

There's a saying, "If I always do what I've always done, I'll always get what I always got." And that's true.

But there's a better way to put it:


In other words, if you're a lightbulb, change is possible if ...


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