Sunday, October 31, 2010
I am talking to myself
I just heard a great lecture by Rabbi Yisroel Reisman on gratitide. One of the things he mentioned is that the main purpose of a Seudas Hoda'ah - a thanksgiving meal after one has been saved from something difficult, is to impress upon oneself the importance of gratitude and attributing our salvation to G-d rather than some natural phenomenon. He went on to say, that sometimes we try to broadcast a certain message to others and it seems there is no one listening, but there should always be at least one listener, oneself. I think that is something that is also important for parents to remember. A lot of things that we try to teach our children are also things that we want to remember or learn better ourselves. So when it seems that there are no takers for our all important declarations, it's still important to say these things even for ourselves (and the truth is more often than not, the children are really listening too). It's also something good for bloggers to hear. There is nothing wrong with talking to oneself every now and then.