Day #8

Change our Lenses

Rav Ofer Erez brings to us the idea that we cannot cure the world but instead, we must change the lenses through which we view the world. That in itself is the remedy.

We are all faced with many different kinds of challenges and adversities on a daily basis. If we do not have the correct way of viewing these challenges then, over time, they will begin to weigh us down with anxiety and depression.

Each of us has our own special soul correction and work that is cut out for us. That is why we need to apply our own personal tailored made advice.

However, there’s a common denominator that applies to all. That is, in order to begin tackling challenges and climbing out of our mind barriers, we need to change the lenses in which we view our challenges.

The first step in changing that lens is gratitude.

When we begin our journey of gratitude we actually start a process of receiving a higher level of understanding. This understanding is a gift from G-d to help further our growth.

With this higher level of understanding, we are now able to move forward and begin changing our lenses, our way of viewing our challenges, and our difficulties.

When we are ungrateful for the ‘smallest’ simplest things in our life then, we can never view our challenges and hardships in the correct light. Since the foundation is seemingly off and lacking proper ground. Nothing is worth a thank you, and so the spiral downward begins.

But, when we shift our minds and focus on the things that we are given on a daily basis, we acquire tools which give us the ability to handle our struggles.

Furthermore, with G-d’s help, we will learn how to be grateful for difficulties and grow in our faith. That everything is done for our very best. (We will expand on this later in the challenge).

Remember, everything which is said here must be applied to each person’s own personal level of spirituality and Emunah (faith). One should not feel anxious to achieve a higher level of gratitude and faith, but rather, let the growth come from within.

Rebbe Nachman tells us that where ever our heart desires to be, that is where it actually is. So, all we have to do is want to be grateful and want to come closer and G-d will already do the rest as He always does it all.

40 days. 100 thank You’s a day. Change your life. See miracles.


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