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--from the Tao Te Ching
--Rabbi Goldmark smiles a real smile
And the Last Word: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Learn to let yourself be guided into truth.
We will know what we need to know, when we need to know that. We don't have to feel badly about taking
our own time to reach our insights. We don't have to force insight or awareness before it's time...
The most growth-producing concept we can develop for ourselves and others is to allow ourselves to have
our own process...
When we are ready, when the time is right, and when our Higher Power is ready -- we will know what we
need to know.
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Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803- 1882)
The partial becomes complete; the crooked, straight; the empty,
full; the worn out, new. He whose (desires) are few gets them; he
whose (desires) are many goes astray.
Therefore the sage holds in his embrace the one thing (of
humility), and manifests it to all the world. He is free from self-
display, and therefore he shines; from self-assertion, and therefore
he is distinguished; from self-boasting, and therefore his merit is
acknowledged; from self-complacency, and therefore he acquires
superiority. It is because he is thus free from striving that
therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him.
--Tao Te Ching
YOUR SMILE: REAL OR BOTOX
by Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark
Temple Beth Ohr, La Mirada
the frown lines around the mouth or in the forehead furrows and thereby preventing the physical act of frowning.
As a result, the study found that Botox eliminated depression symptoms in nine of ten women tested.
The upshot of the story, written by Susan Brink, is that “The study results fit with a large body of psycholo-
gical research that has long shown that the mere act of smiling… makes people feel better. Frowns make them
The author Kenneth Goode once wrote: “Get out of bed forcing a smile. You may not smile because you are
cheerful; but if you will force yourself to smile you’ll be cheerful because you smile.”
Alcoholics Anonymous has a slogan, “Fake it till you make it,” implying that acting as if you feel good actually
helps you feel better.
Way back in the days of the Talmud, written over 1500 years ago, Rabbi Johanan B. Nappaha wrote: “To smile
at your neighbor is more important than to treat him to a drink.”
According to the article by Susan Brink: “So at least try to pretend that all is well. Stop doing things that
make other people feel uncomfortable. A gloomy looks sends other fleeing…” The bottom line: the results of
the Botox study are still not confirmed. Suffice it to say that the simple smile, one that costs nothing to produce,
can actually positively alter one’s heart rate, skin temperature, and blood volume. As Janet Lane has written:
“Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.” So make it a smile and you will actually (and
scientifically) make friends.
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