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There are times when moving forward is not enough.

There are times when you can’t just change what you do, how you speak and how you think about things.

Sometimes, you have to change who you are. You need to pick both feet off the ground and leap.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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July 26, 2012
Leaping quantumly
I believe we move in layers. Involvement of a heart to the principles of G-d's calling would better be seen as a series of conscious crossroads of thought. The world flow will either separate or integrate - as darkness ascends. and we should never be too old to learn or change.
Neville Park
Toronto, Canada
July 25, 2012
quantum leap
WOW!!! i got a totally different feeling from this. to me, it didn't mean actually to 'change ourselves', but to stretch and grow in new ways, big time. (i.e., from personal experience, i've never been one to 'take charge,' BUT....finally, have definitely taken charge of several situations because it was necessary - it surprised, shocked, astounded me.....most of all, it felt GREAT! another - after working my entire life in high stress, responsible jobs, one day (of course i think G-d told me) 'it was enough.' so the next day quit/retired. scared? you bet. it's been a year and STILL no one believes it!!!! i thank G-d every day, many times, for the freedom and am not wasting it, try helping people who are sick --- me, the person who carried a suitcase in the car, taking off to far away places at the drop of a hat!) maybe these sound small, but to me, these and more (like donating platelets) have been fairly big leaps for me! my well being is enhanced!
akron, oh
July 25, 2012
I agree it's not easy at all....but as we immerse ourselves in the study of Torah, it will change us completely....into G_d's likeness.....I remember 10 years ago, when I wasn't walking with Hashem.....i used to think that in certain situations to have an abortion was, in my opinion, ok. Today I value life about all, not only I'm against it, but as a lawyer I have taken active actions to promote life...
July 25, 2012
I agree with Justin's comment about not changing who we are. Your comment that we are sometimes not able to change the way we think is to me misleading. Dr. Victor Frankl, author of Man's Search for Meaning, would disagree. If we change our thinking we change our life, is more accurate. Only G-D can change and cause a shift at the core of our being for He is the potter and we are the clay. This doesn't mean that we can't co-create and create the type of life we want. This is done through our thinking.
Howard J. Brent
Ashburn, Va
July 25, 2012
Quantum leap
The beautiful human ability of going outside of yourself.
Actually renewing more than just yourself.
Quincy, Ca
July 25, 2012
Quantum Leap
Maybe the Rebbe isn't saying to completely overhaul your entire personality or self, but to choose to embrace a different aspect of yourself in order to change your perspective and ultimately your situation? Just a thought. This spoke to me today and I really needed it.
New Market, MD
July 25, 2012
Quantum leap
yes you should change who you are. search your soul. and change spiritually for the better
ohra lopez
Antipolo, Philippines
July 25, 2012
I too cannot conceptualize this leap. I have grown, learned, changed, etc. but still feel stuck n have no clue as how to go forward. I am orthodox n say n understand Tehillim too. I will refer to when King David feels his burdens and wants to flee like a bird and escape. But he concludes that he knows that his troubles will follow him wherever he goes. I am in a situation that I too want to flee from n experience a new n happier way of life, but physical limitations constrict me added to fear of change to a new unknown reality keep me stuck. My heart and soul yearn for more. My physical issues keep me in my quicksand.

So.. We ask you.. Besides changing and growing.. What do you mean by leap?
Chicago, IL
July 25, 2012
Change? Of course..
Do you have the same relationship with your parents today that you had ten years ago? Of course there is change.

As for the difficulty and feel---like learning to ride a bike.
Dwight D. Williams
Garland, TX
July 23, 2012
I completely disagree...
One does not ever need to "change" who they are. Obviously, Hashem created man in His divine image, and changing who you are is going against your G-dly mission in life. As it says in Tehillim 139, verse 14: I will thank You, for I was formed in an awesome and wondrous way..." And in verse 16: Your eyes beheld my raw form; all [happenings] are inscribed in Your book, even those to be formed in future days - to Him they are the same.
So, you see, there is not only no reason to "change," but it actually goes against His Divine Will.
Justin Roth
Staten Island, NY
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