Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Quote of the Day, Month, Year, Decade, Century...Etc.?- "The Unrecognized Power of Words"

"In a small Eastern European town, a man went through the community slandering the rabbi. One day feeling suddenly remorseful, he begged the rabbi for forgiveness and offered to undergo any penance to make amends. The rabbi told him to take a feather pillow from his home, cut it open, scatter the feathers to the wind, then return to see him. The man did as he was told, then came to the rabbi and asked, "Am I forgiven." 

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     "Almost," came the response. "You just have to do one more thing. Go and gather all the feathers."
     "But that's impossible," the man protested. "The wind has already scattered them."
     "Precisely," the rabbi answered. "And although you truly wish to correct the evil you have done, it is as impossible to repair the damage done by your words as it is to recover the feathers."

From Words That Hurt, Words That Heal: How To Choose Words Wisely And Well by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

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