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Yaakov Lieder

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What our children need most from us is not another toy or another vacation, but something only we can give them: ownership of their lives
One of the most important people to have in your life is a "mentor-friend": someone who truly has your best interests at heart, who will tell you what you're doing wrong
“I can’t work any harder than I’m working now!” one busy father asserted. But maybe the trick is not to work harder but to work smarter.
Bear in mind that what is coming out of your brother’s mouth is basically bursts of hot air. You now have to make a choice as to how to decode this air, and what interpretation to give to it . . .
"I got my way in the end," a friend of mine announced proudly. "He'll never start with me again. Aren't you happy for me?"
"If I say yes, he will say no. When he wants to deal with the situation in a nice way, I want to be tough. Our children sense our differences and play us against each other..."
"We've been married for 14 years, the last 10 of which have been nothing but misery. It will never change!" I asked what they wanted to achieve with counseling. "We want a better future," came the instant reply
We need to take charge of our thoughts, instead of allowing our thoughts to take charge of us
An old chassidic saying posits that there are three types of conversations: 1) Everyone talks and nobody listens. 2) One person talks and others listen. 3) No one talks and everyone listens...
A parable on pain and gain
A donkey fell into a pit, and try as he might, his owner couldn't pull him out. Finally, the farmer decided that since the animal was old, and the pit needed to be covered up anyway, he'd just bury the old donkey right there...
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