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Effortless, much appreciated

Effortless, much appreciated

Friday, 9 September, 2011 - 11:09 am

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There is something special in the simple lessons learned from "insignificant" events in our lives. Here is a fresh one from yesterday:

Visitors from Israel contacted me and requested to meet me in person and see where our shul is located so they could make their plans for Shabbat. When I met the elderly couple in shul, Chanoch asked me if I could help him with a technical problem.
 
"As our phone is not working, our only way of communication with our family," he said, "is over the computer, and yesterday our computer stopped connecting to the Internet. As you can imagine, I'm not a computer expert, but this is driving me insane! I know my family is wondering where I am. I speak very little English, so it’s hard for me to get help," he concluded, while placing the laptop on the table.
 
The first thing I checked for was the wireless switch, which was, as expected, off....
 
They were so excited when they saw that the internet was working again. "You are so kind! We can't thank you enough!" they said, while I was feeling rather undeserving of this tremendous appreciation...
 
But then I realized that it doesn't matter that it required zero effort on my behalf; it was still the greatsest thing I could have done for them at that moment.

We constantly have opportunities to do little things that are effortless for us, but could change the lives of others, we don't always have to wait until we are asked... 

When I returned home, I picked up the phone and called a few people for whom my call could make a difference. All it took was a few minutes of my time...
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9/9/2011

INNA wrote...

MAY YOU CONTINUE TO PERFORM MANY MITZVOT, BIG AND SMALL, RABBI !
WE ARE PROUD OF YOU AND WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IN A RELATIVELY SHORT TIME IN VICTORIA.
THE WONDERFUL WORK YOU AND CHANI ARE DOING IN OUR COMMUNITY IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

MAY A NEW YEAR BRING YOU HEALTH AND JOY AND PEACE.