Focus on the Good

Always look for the good
in others.

Focus on that good and highlight it.

Rebbe Nachman (LM I: 282)

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Takes Effort

It’s easy to criticize others and make them feel unwanted. Anyone can do it.

What takes effort and skill is picking them up and making them feel good. (NT #31)

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

It’s All Up to You

“Free will is in a person’s hands, literally. If on wants, on acts, and if one does not want, one does not act.”

There are many people who are confused about this issue, having become so habituated to their behaviors and ways from the time of their youth. They feel that they have no free will and that they are unable to change their behavior. But the truth is otherwise, for every individual certainly possess free will at all times on all issues, and one acts as one wants to. Understand this well.

Rebbe Nachman, Likutei Moharan II: 110

We Each Have A Path

“Abraham was one” — he was the only person in his time with the strength to break away from a false way of living.

We all have to be willing to sometimes walk the path alone to stay in conscious contact with G-d.

Walking an individual path doesn’t mean being self-focused, however. It means staying aware that you have to do whatever spiritual work needs to be done.

You can’t do anyone else’s, and no one else can do yours.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned