Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mussar: iThink - Beyond Myself (Avos 2:7)

Rav Binyamin Hutt

An unforeseen chain of events is triggered with a simple act of kindness.  Consider the following scenario: Upon arriving at the crowded grocery store parking lot, the closest spot opens up just as you are passing by.  With a surge of excitement, you flick on the turning signal to indicate your "new claimed territory".  Before pulling in, you check the rear-view mirror and take notice of the driver behind you.  "Maybe she's in a rush?" Foregoing the victory, you continue in your search – a small price to pay to make someone's day. Approaching the checkout line with soda and chips in hand, the man in front of you with an overflowing cart notices you. "Maybe he's in a rush?" the man considers, and kindly insists that you take your turn first.  This is no coincidence.  Very often, Hashem allows us to be a benefactor of our own kind ways, in ways we could not have imagined.

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