Last week I went with my husband to Dallas, Texas, for a conference he was attending. I had the opportunity to sit in on any of the lectures and presentations I wanted, and did actually go to a few. I am immensely happy that I chose to hear Rabbi Daniel Lapin speak. He has written several books but I had never heard of him. But I was curious, so I went, and boy I was not disappointed!
What I took away from that couple of hours was the need to not allow all those negative energies around us, like the news, people who are always negative and depressing or gossiping, TV shows that are not uplifting, and anything else that you can think of, into our brains. I know! We all know this but we don’t always do it. What we let in is what we end up putting out. And I don’t want to be negative.
I knew as I listened to him that I needed to be diligent in not allowing anything that did not lift me up anywhere near me or my family. What a gigantic task! But, I have decided to act one step at a time. I’m starting with the TV and including the news. People may say that if you don’t watch the news you don’t have any clue what’s going on in the world. Would that really be so bad??
I have also bought a “Gratitude Journal”, the Rabbi suggested this one, so that every day and I can write the three things I am especially grateful for that day. I want to focus on the good in my life, not the bad, and really come to realize ALL that I have. One that made the list today was the smell on a spring day when it first starts to rain. You get the idea.
Another thing he talked about was making sure that you are able to do the things you love. As he was talking I began thinking about the things that I currently do that I love, and wouldn’t you know it, crafting was almost the top of the of the list! I actually have a long list and some of the items take lots of time or lots of money, or both, so they are a real treat when I am able to enjoy them. Other things, like sitting on my porch in the summer watching the sunset, I can enjoy regularly, and will have more gratitude in my heart this year that I can watch a sunset, that I have a home with a beautiful view, that I have a husband to hold hands with.
I am so glad I went to Dallas for a whole bunch of reasons, but at the top of that list is being able to hear Rabbi Daniel Lapin. He has made a lasting impression on me and for that I am grateful!