Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mussar: iThink - Before I Speak (Avos 1:11)

Rav Hutt

The failure to communicate is a surprisingly lonely feeling.  Beyond frustration, the lack of communication and understanding leaves a divisive gap between two parties that could and should have been able to connect and relate in some way.  Since man is created in Hashem's image, the types of relationships that we develop can either sanctify or profane Hashem's honor.  That is why we focus a vast amount of energy forging and maintaining positive relationships.  What we say and how we say it makes a dramatic impact on whether these relationships are flourishing or decaying.  The more attention both parties invest in making an effort to understand the other's perspective, the narrower the gaps of strife and polarization will be.  While a picture might be worth 1,000 words, one word can make the world of a difference.

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