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Monday Mottoes – #158

yisrael-kristal-6Following with interest the story of Israel Kristal, age 113, who will be celebrating his belated bar mitzvah, one century later, got me to thinking. How do people spring back after being knocked down time and time and again?

Growing up in what would become Poland, Kristal was motherless when his father went to fight in World War I and perished there. He was 13 and a bar mitzvah was out of the question.

When Nazism swept through Europe, his wife and children perished in the concentration camps. Only he came out campalive. Following the war, he moved to Israel, remarried and started a family again.

Now, 100 years later, his children are planning the bar mitzvah that he never had, filled with food, family and friends. Mr. Kristal says, “I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why. There have been smarter, stronger and better-looking men … who are no longer alive. All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost.”

Why do some people become bitter and some people become better?

nothing-is-impossible-the-word-itself-says-im-possibleI’m convinced that it’s our perspective and the conclusions that we decide to draw. Two people might go through the exact, same, horrific experience and one person becomes convinced that there is no God; the other is convinced that there is. One might focus on the past and one decides to focus on the future. It’s a mindset that we can absolutely control, even in the darkest of days.

Which leads us to today’s motto, speaking to the irrepressibility of the human spirit:
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’” ~Audrey Hepburn

Make it a great day, keep your focus on what matters. Happy Monday, everyone!


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