In this week’s parsha we talk about the value in keeping a positive outlook.
A certain chassid, a scholarly and knowledgeable man, once complained to Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (known as the Tzemach Tzedek): “Rebbe, the entire ‘bais hamidrash’ (study hall) steps on me! They never accept what I say. In fact, they practically always do the opposite of what I advise!”
Said the Rebbe: “You spread yourself about the entire bais hamidrash–wherever one is to step, one cannot but step upon you…”
Sometimes we feel slighted by the way others treat us, to the point where we wonder “are they not aware of their behavior?”
However, more often than not, their conduct is in fact a reflection of how we behave towards them.
Indeed, the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Chassidic movement, teaches that another person is like a mirror–if we find ourselves noticing faults in our fellow, it is because they exist within ourselves.
Correspondingly, when we look upon our fellow with a good eye, when we seek to find the positive in our environment, we then create mirrors that reflect the beauty in the world.
So let’s look at one another positively, and view our life experiences with optimism, thus reinforcing the virtuous circle of goodness and kindness in our universe.