Inspiration for Your Day

TODAY'S THEME:
HEALING THE REGRETS

 
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In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.

Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.

Into your hands I commit my spirit;
redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.

I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction
and knew the anguish of my soul.

You have not handed me over to the enemy
but have set my feet in a spacious place.

Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
my soul and my body with grief.

Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.

Psalm 31: 1-2, 5, 7-9, 16
Holy Bible, New International Version

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A person must do everything in his power to avoid
committing any sin; it is not permissible to sin with
the intention of later repenting. But if he does succumb
to temptation, he always has within him the power to
repent, to release the positive spark from within the
darkness of the sin while destroying the evil of the
sin itself. The person who commits evil and repents
may actually gain a greater appreciation for G-d,
for the intense light of goodness is all the greater
when we see it in close contrast to the sheer
darkness of evil.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson, www.meaningfullife.com
Perennial Currents, 2002

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Regrets

Hell is filled with a sea of voices,

all crying out constantly.

An eternity of clearly knowing,

"If only I had chosen differently."


Kathleen M. Prado
From "Angel's Wings and Secret Things"

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Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to
salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly
sorrow brings death.

2 Corinthians 7: 10
Holy Bible
New International Version

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Today, I will be open to making any amends I need
to make to people. I will wait for Divine Guidance in the
process of making my amends that are not clear to me.
I will act, when led. God, help me let go of my fear about
facing people and taking responsibility for my behaviors.
Help me know I am not diminishing my self-esteem by
doing
this; I am improving it.

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go"
by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990

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In 1977, after the Rebbe suffered a serious heart attack,
a doctor was drawing his blood. "What is it that draws
the blood from the veins?" the Rebbe asked. "The needle
itself or the vacuum of the syringe?" The doctor answered
that it was the syringe.

"That reminds me of a troubled man who once came to
see me," The Rebbe said to his secretary, who was
standing nearby. "He complained that he was 'empty'
and unfit for anything. I told him that, in fact, the opposite
was true ---- that an empty vessel can draw in with much
greater intensity than a vessel that is full, so he is actually
in an excellent position to produce much good and holiness."

From "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson"
by Simon Jacobson


 


And now the Last Word:



Regret is an odd emotion because
it comes only upon reflection.
Regret lacks immediacy, and so
its power seldom influences events
when it could do some good.

William O'Rourke
Author, professor of English at University of Notre Dame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Quote:
One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson
 



 

 

 

 
 

On today's site:

-I Take
Refuge
(Psalm 31)

-The Light
of
Goodness
(Schneerson/
Jacobson)

-Regrets
(Prado
)


-I Will
Make
Amends
(Beattie)


-A Story
(Schneerson/
Jacobson)



And the
Last Word:

O'Rourke

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