One of our readers sent me three wise thoughts that are worth pondering. I will add a fourth.
Tikkun Olam – The repair of the world: If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that God has left for you to complete. But if you only see what is wrong and what is ugly in the world, then it is you yourself that needs repair.
The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice and the desire for personal independence – these are the features of the Jewish tradition which makes me thank my stars that I belong to it
The day that you were born is the day that God decided that the world could not exist without you.
–Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
When I worked in the Pentagon and gave speeches, I included the following in my talks often, and it became a slogan for the US Army for more than a decade. There are many sources for it. I got it from Erich Fromm:
Be all that you can be!