Hashem S'fasai tiftach u-fee yagid tehilasecha.
L-rd open up my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise.
If you're serious about something, it has a fixed time. If you're
earnest about getting something done and the phone rings, you ignore
it. The spiritual side of your life is not a hobby nor a luxury -- it
is your purpose of existence. When you are learning Torah, or
meditating or in prayer, nothing else exists.
Your spiritual career should have at least equal priority to your
Life isn’t about padding one’s resume, it isn’t about doing things so that one might be proud and arrogant about it. But it is the dawning realization of to the greater understanding our humanity, our fragility and a greater appreciation of the great lives that so many of us lead and deem to be “normal” – when it pretty much is extraordinary in its own respect relative to many other individuals around the world.
Understanding life will pull you out of yourself and lets you see a different part of yourself.
Accumulating concepts and ideas will make you an intelligent person, but to be a great person you must utilize that intelligence to have a beneficial impact on our society.
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches
A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.