Did you ever wonder how a little 105-pound Korean Karate specialist can break a whole stack of bricks? Our friend "Kim Wong" is intensely focused on his goal. His powers of concentration are immense. Nothing else is on his mind at the moment. Not only that, he's optimistic and goal-oriented. He has been training and preparing for years. He didn't learn this skill by watching a You-Tube movie yesterday.
Stick Kim Wong's hand in an x-ray machine, and you’ll find that his bones are larger and more dense than normal. This is the result of his year after year, day by day intense training.
Without Kim Wong's "perfect strike", the result of his long-term goal orientation, his desire, self-discipline and deeply intense concentration, he'd shatter his hand and wrist on the first attempt at cracking a brick.
There's a lot to learn from Kim Wong's brick breaking.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches (see Likutei Moharan I:272) that a person must focus on the day and the hour at hand, and nothing more. This advice, guarantees Rebbe Nachman, is the secret of success both in material and spiritual endeavors.
If Rebbe Nachman and Rebbe Natan would have desired, they could have broken bricks too. In fact, they broke more than bricks. They shattered the steel-reinforced wall of darkness and heresy that the Evil Inclination uses to keep people away from Hashem. Their focus on the task on the at hand, their concentration, dedication and goal orientation would be exemplary even in the world of brick breakers.
Also featured this week:
Rabbi Shalom Arush: Honest with Yourself
Dr. Zev Ballen: Keep on Walking
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Prophecy and Joy
Rabbi Dovid Charlop: Parshat Ki Tetze - Three Culprits
Dovber Halevi: Don't Waste Time
Racheli Reckles: Innocent Victims
Menachem Zakai: The Shofar - Breaking Free
Don't forget this coming Sunday night, September 2, 2012 in Ramat Bet Shemesh Aleph! You're invited to an evening of song and inspiration with Shlomo Katz and yours truly. Have a wonderful week!