Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Rabbi Harold Kushner

"When you have persuaded yourself that there is only one thing that will make you happy, winning the Nobel Prize, playing in the Super Bowl, marrying a wealthy man or a handsome man or whatever it is, that's the one thing that will make you happy, you don't get it. You have condemned yourself to unhappiness."

"You suggest the more you aspire to in life, the bigger the dream is, the more you yearn for it, the more scars you are going to accumulate along the way, guaranteed. Now, call me chicken, but I'd be very tempted to dream less and hurt less."

"And you'd be making a big mistake, Mary. You'd be missing out on the real satisfactions of life because you're afraid it will hurt. There's a story in the Talmud about a man who's walking through the fields feeling very hungry, sees a beehive, sticks his hand into the beehive looking for honey, is stung by the bees, and walks away muttering 'I can do without the honey and without the stings.'

And a couple of years ago there was an Israeli songwriter who wrote a song about that that became a very popular hit in Israel where she says the opposite, she says, 'no. I want the honey. I want to taste the sweetness of life. I want to yearn, I want to love, I want to risk, I want to reach for the stars and if in the process I end up losing and being hurt, I can take the sting along with the honey.' Trust yourself to be resilient enough to get over what happens."
Excerpt from Mary Hines' interview with Rabbi Harold Kushner on CBC Radio One's Tapestry, available on podcast.

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