Minute 796: Resilient

“I believe this demonstrates that our product is the most resilient of its kind available,” Mr. Greenwood said. “No matter how badly it’s bent, stretched or shrunken from the original size and shape, the simple techniques we’ve shown here today restore it to ‘like new’ condition.”

The sales manager stood up. “I think we have something light-years ahead of the competition’s products,” he said. “Sales team: Go get ’em!”

Resilience is the ability of a material to return to its original condition. This makes for a great feature in a variety of consumer products. In the lives of human beings, it’s a key component to survival and happiness.

Rabbi Akiva started learning Torah at age 40 and was 80 years old when he became Rosh Yeshivah. His efforts grew the yeshivah to 24,000 students. His personal exertions in building himself and then this great Torah institution made the death of all his students in a 33-day period all the more devastating. One might think that at approximately 100 years old, a man who suffered such a blow would “retire” and hope that another could successfully achieve what he had tried, yet failed, to do. Instead, Rabbi Akiva went to the south and handpicked five talmidim and started over. His success enabled his generation to keep the Torah alive for future generations.

Resilience, when applied to people, refers to the ability to recover emotionally from a psychological blow and move on. Life is replete with challenges such as illness, death of a dear one or other forms of adversity. Hashem has imbued humans with the ability to absorb tragedy and build a positive outlook. Exercise that power when needed in your life.

One More Second: Another Thought for the Day

This is part of emunah — to realize that everything that is happening to us is by Divine Providence … The Torah wants us to look at all situations that we as a people face, and to see that all those who come against us are puppets. Somebody is utilizing them for a purpose. It’s not them that we essentially have to deal with. It is the Master of the World that we have to deal with. (Yaakov Branfman and Akiva Tatz, Reb Simcha Speaks, p. 123)


 

Rabbi Raymond Beyda serves in the Sephardic Community in Brooklyn, N.Y. He lectures to audiences all over the world. He has distributed over 500,000 recorded lessons free of charge. He is author of the book 1 Minute With Yourself: A Minute a Day to Self-Improvement, Sephardic Press, 2008.