The Broken Cup – A Mashal

BSDThere was a couple who used to go England to shop in a beautiful antique store. This trip was to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups.  Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked, “May we see that? We’ve never seen a cup quite so beautiful.”  As the lady handed it to

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Using Failure to Ensure Success

Author: Michael Masterson In his book”FailingForward John C. Maxwell tells the story of Samuel Langley, the man who was supposed to invent the airplane. Before the Wright brothers successfully flew their plane on Dec. 17, 1903, the U.S. government had given a $50,000 check to Dr. Langley,

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The Curse

It’s all in how you look at it. An Israeli is visiting New York and meets a wealthy Texan who was a talker and a bragger. The Texan bellows with pride, “my ranch is so big that it takes an hour and a half to drive from

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Shopping for Chesed

Author: Sefer Ahavas Chesed- Part II Chapter XI Every customer that comes into a store creates work for the storekeeper. He must show the customer the merchandise, keep adequate supplies on hand, replace what is purchased, keep the shelves orderly and keep track of the sales and

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It’s Not Easy Being A Shoe

Author: Chaim Vegoda Imagine what it must be like to be a shoe. For the early stage of your life you’re sitting on a shelf in a dark box. Then if that isn’t bad enough, when you’re finally bought, you have to spend the rest of your

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Mans Search For Meaning

I once had a dramatic demonstration of the close link between the loss of faith in the future and this dangerous giving up. F?, my senior block warden, a fairly well known composer and librettist, confided in me one day: “I would like to tell you something,

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The Critical Need for Struggle

Sometimes STRUGGLES are exactly what we need! A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making

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