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Thursday, September 17, 2020

A Moment in Time: Losing Your Cool

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Rabbi Zach Shapiro
A change in perspective can shift the focus of our day - and even our lives. We have an opportunity to harness "a moment in time," allowing our souls to be both grounded and lifted. This blog shows how the simplest of daily experiences can become the most meaningful of life's blessings. All it takes is a moment in time. Rabbi Zach Shapiro is the Spiritual Leader of Temple Akiba, a Reform Jewish Congregation in Culver City, CA. He earned his B.A. in Spanish from Colby College in 1992, and his M.A.H.L. from HUC-JIR in 1996. He was ordained from HUC-JIR - Cincinnati, in 1997.
Dear all,
I was in line to exchange an item at our local “bull’s-eye” store today. The guy next to me was loudly berating the cashier who had denied his refund.
I don’t know the reason for the denial. I don’t know the entirety of the communication. But I do know that the cashier was on the verge of tears. And it made me really sad.
We’ve all been frustrated when we are denied something. But when we lose our cool, we become the worst versions of ourselves.
So at the moment in time when you feel your blood level rising, stop and ask yourself three questions:
1) How will my words and actions affect those around me?
2) How will my words and actions affect me?
3) How will my words and actions affect those not around me right now – but who will interact with me (or anyone who witnessed the interaction) later on?
It’s possible to be assertive without being aggressive. And it’s imperative to be mindful that our words and actions make an impression.
With love and Shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro

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