Blessings squared


Grab your reading glasses and gaze at the word.

Do you see ‘attitude’ neatly tucked into ‘gratitude’?  True, it’s misspelled, yet let’s just pretend the second ’t’ is savoring a soothing mug of chamomile at the moment and not available for comment. I should try that too some time.

So, how about right this minute?

Fill your cup with gratitude.

Stir in a few heaping tablespoons of positive attitude and you are ready to begin your day.


We all want, need, and pray for blessings. Being the recipient of blessings is a precious gift and being the bestower of blessings is the priceless gift that keeps giving.

I cannot exactly remember when I decided to start my Good Morning Whatsapp Blessing Circle.  I may have chanced upon a gorgeous image – something along the majestic lines of the Grand Canyon at sunset – and decided to share with a friend or three. Human interaction is inevitably enhanced by blessings. I then proceeded to include an accompanying “Blessings and above and beyond success in your day!”

A few weeks and tweaks later, my Good Morning Whatsapp Blessing Circle was informally launched. Every morning (or sometimes afternoon or evening if I find myself in the middle of a turbulent day – may G-d protect us) I close my eyes and turn inward…

Random images flutter through my consciousness. One day might feel like an oak tree sort of day. Another day, might feel like a hummingbird in a birdbath kind of day. G-d’s universe is magnificent and rich. There is no dearth of inspiring corners on earth from which to glean visual inspiration.

Once I’ve decided upon my picture, I hop on over to Google images. I then select my image, and add my personalized daily blessing.

And then the fun begins…!

Blessings shared, blessings squared

Although not everyone in my GMWBC is able to respond, there are a number of enthusiastic responders who heartily reciprocate my well wishes with their own dose of blessing and good cheer.

Me: “Wishing you abundant joy and mazal in your Monday!”

Esther (one recipient): “Amein V’Amein!

Kol Hamivoreich Misboreich!” (May [she] who blesses be blessed in turn.)

Music to my eyes and ears.

No matter what kind of day or week I’m having, my daily exercise of sharing blessings catapults me into a grateful and positive realm.

DO try this at home (or anywhere for that matter)

How about embarking upon a blessings share endeavor in the manner that works best for you? Trust me. It’s the most potent form of vitamin B.

On that note – – wishing us all abundant revealed blessings, material and spiritual health and wealth, along with nachat (pride or gratification, especially at the achievements of one’s children) from our loved ones and from ourselves.

“The Zohar teaches that Gd, Torah and Israel are one (Zohar part 3, 73a). It therefore follows that the love for Gd (ahavat HaShem), the love for Torah (ahavat HaTorah), and ahavat Yisrael are one.” (Sicha – discourse given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, on the 10th of Shvat  5711, 1951.)

About the Author
Chana holds an M.S. in Special Education. Her innovative poems, essays and lectures reflect two and a half decades of experience working with students of all ages and abilities. Chana's writing has been published on, as well as in The Canadian Jewish News, The Jewish Press, and AMI. As a longtime volunteer with the Friendship Circle, Chana was recognised by the Ontario Legislature for “bringing a smile to the faces of children with special needs.” Although Chana 's "heart is in the east" she currently lives with her with her family in Toronto.
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