שלום בשערך - Peace in Your Gates

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Ka'as Cup

In the tradition of if you want to change something it's not enough to intellectualize about it (see Rashi's comment on the juxtaposition of the parshios of Nazir with Sotah), I recently decided to do something "l'ma'aseh-dik" about my problem with ka'as (anger).

I created a "Ka'as Cup." It's basically a "pushkah" (with a label bearing the words "Ka'as Cup" in Hebrew/Yiddish designed by yours truly) and works as follows: each day I successfully avoid yelling (note: I didn't say didn't get angry, as I realized for me that would be impossible. Instead, I am focusing on how I REACT to that anger by trying to avoid yelling) I drop $.25 into the pushkah.

On those days when I am not successful in avoiding yelling, I DEDUCT $1. At the end of the month, if I have collected $7 or more (do the math; it translates into 28 or more days of yelling-free behavior), then we make a "Ka'as Free" party for the entire family (since they also benefit from the lack of yelling).

As a further incentive, the money I collect is for me to use as I please (e.g., purchase seforim, software, etc.).

Chazak v'ya'ametz!

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