That guy in the above photo dreams of reaching that faraway peak, but he thinks it's impossible. He wants to get there, but he never will. He hasn't donned any climbing gear nor has he taken the first step. Like many of us, life for him is a spectator sport. He's seemingly content as a tourist watching the world go by, but inside, he's unfulfilled, restless and unhappy.
Do you know anyone like that?
As a spiritual guide and fitness trainer, I receive loads of seemingly unrelated questions on Gemara study, becoming observant, personal prayer, weight training, dieting and long-distance running, among many others. Sounds like a weird potpourri, doesn't it?
Look at these questions and see their common denominator:
* How am I ever going to talk to Hashem for an hour a day?
* How will I ever be able to run a marathon?
* How will I ever learn all of Gemara or Shulchan Aruch?
* How can I ever lose fifty pounds?
You get the point.
Behind these type of questions lurks the same culprit of "I can't" or "I'll never be able to do it". This is public personal enemy #1, lack of confidence and belief in yourself. These folks are still in the category of life's spectators, not life's players on the field. They want to be players, but they don't know where to begin.
Here is good news: Today - if you so decide - your career as a spectator ends and your career as a player begins.
Today, G-d willing, we will be sending your enemy #1 into forced exile. That's why you'll want to tune in to our emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem.
Today's (Wednesday) Emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled "3 Simple Steps to Success," will take place, G-d willing, on the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7PM Israel time; the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time. If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it later this coming week on Lazer Beams.