When to Step Away

There is a Hasidic story of a respected rabbi who taught his disciples to memorize and contemplate teachings and place the prayers and holy words on their heart. A day came when one of the disciples asked the rabbi why he always said “on your heart” and not “in your heart,” and the rabbi replied, “Only time and grace can put the essence of these stories in your heart. Here we recite and learn them and put them on our hearts hoping that someday, when our heart breaks, they will fall in.”

Once we deepen our insight and awareness into how our lives are currently going, if the way we’re spending our time is edifying or eroding, we have a final set of considerations to evaluate. A central tenet of our ability to sustain ...

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