The Global 2012

I don’t know what will happen in 2012 but I do know that the world will not end.

Search on Google and you will find many claims that sometime soon the world will be destroyed. Catastrophic, movie-inspired endings are promised.

Don’t believe them. We know our world is here for a purpose. And the ultimate purpose of the world is not for it to be destroyed; but for it to be perfected with the arrival of the Messianic era. This perfection is brought closer by our good deeds, our positive actions and reactions to those around us, our mitzvahs and our optimistic and joyful take on life. Through these acts we have the ability to make 2012 a year of utopian good.

The Personal 2012

In a conversation with the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, a college student mentioned he was not able to be more active with helping others; he could only focus on his personal studies. He tried to explain to the Rebbe, “I find myself in this situation…”

The Rebbe told him, “Nobody finds themselves in a situation; you put yourself in that situation and you can put yourself in another situation.”

Most of the time, we place ourselves in situations via the choices we make in life.

While we cannot control everything that happens around us, we can control the situations we place ourselves into. It is our responsibility to put ourselves in the best places possible.

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