שלום בשערך - Peace in Your Gates

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Ya'asher koach to...me!

Well, I did it, and I suppose therefore
I have reason to be proud. What I did
was fulfill my "kabbalah" made last
year at this time (see: Monday, February 02, 2004
post entitled: "Watching Sports on the 'heilige' tv"),
in which I took upon myself to stop watching sports
on tv. However, I actually went further than that, and
stopped following sports altogether--for an entire
year! Thus, my goal--of being ignorant of the sports-
related talk in shul--has, B"H, been met, and then some!

Which, I believe, points to a middos-related point: to
achieve success in changing a middah, it is sometimes
necessary to go "cold turkey." Certainly, there is ample
evidence of this fact in the form of the thousands of people
who have entered the "12 steps program" to overcome
drinking and other substance-abuse problems. Another
key is (and, my guess is, this is probably one of the 12 steps)
it is important to fill the void left by the forsaken activity with
something else of a positive nature. And that, my friends,
is where Torah comes in. And, of course, spending quality
time with the family, instead of running back and forth from
the kitchen to the family room to catch the next snap or
the next pitch! Chasdei Hashem and Aibishter sh'helfen
veiter!

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