Middah of the Month of Tevet: Enthusiasm

Why focus on the character trait of enthusiasm?

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

Rabbi Luzzato in his Path of the Upright, studied by the Thursday mussar group for the past year, suggests a surprising antidote to the laziness which Burke adjures. Gratitude.

Alan Morinis says, “…recognizing the good in your life can dissolve the inner conditions that give rise to laziness. And when laziness falls away, the natural inclination of the heart to be active and energetic can flow unimpeded.”

He suggests:

  • Spend five minutes writing down gifts received in the last few days
  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Put insights in an Accounting of the Soul Diary
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