While growing up, I had to overcome a lot of obstacles to get where I wanted to go. For a start, I was asthmatic and overweight. Yet when I was 14, I decided enough is enough. I ran for 2 minutes and my father ob"m had to rush me to the hospital for an adrenaline shot, because I almost passed out choking for breath. The second time, I ran for 6 minutes before I was rushed to the hospital. The third time I tried, I wasn't rushed to the hospital anymore. By 17, I was running cross country and wrestling on the varsity.
Few become champions on their first effort. Winners and achievers are the ones who persevere. Read all about it in my feature article The Optimistic Attitude, in this weeks stimulating issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Also featured this week:
Rav Shalom Arush talks about personal holiness in The Good Life.
Howard Morton says goodbye to screenwriting and mucky media morality in Dear Hollywood.
In this week's "Dear Racheli" column, Abe complains that his wife is addicted to shopping. See Racheli's answer in The Shopaholic.
Rachel, a widow, had been to numerous psychotherapists but none of them helped her. She finally turned to Dr. Zev Ballen; read about it in The Invisible Woman.
Must One Wash His Hands Before Eating Cereal in Milk, or Donuts and Cake Dipped in Coffee? Rabbi Eli Mansour answers in Dunking Donuts.
Rabbi Nissan Dovid Kivak shows how serving Hashem is easier than most people think in A Tough Task That's Easy.
Thinks are happening so fast in the world; one shouldn't procrastinate. Rivka Levy asks, Is There Time?
Racheli Reckles talks about coping with things that don'tgo the way we want them to in Beyond Our Desires.
In elaborating on this week's Torah portion, Vaera, Rabbi Berel Wein shows how Pharaoh fell into The Ego Trap.
Are you coming to Israel soon? Why don't you check out Breslev Israel and Chut Shel Chesed's Executive Learning Program - you'll be glad you did.
Bright Beams blessings for a wonderful week!