Tool for Tuesday: Rude Awakening? Use It as a Spiritual Awakening.

Sometimes we need a rude awakening to reach a spiritual awakening. My friend, Lily, was called out for being critical of—well, just about everything. The restaurant’s menu was not extensive enough. Or too “all over the place like a Greek diner.” The movie was too long. Or too short. The weather? Always too hot or too cold. She wasn’t even aware of how judgmental she was. She had an opinion and thought we all wanted to hear it.

Maybe she was ready to face something about herself. When her friend suggested it was something she could look at, she first got angry, then got defensive, and finally felt that burn of recognition that comes when we face an unpleasant truth about ourselves.

But that’s the critical moment. That’s when we can use a rude awakening and transform it into a spiritual awakening. That’s when we step out of denial and decide that self-improvement is needed.

But don’t be too down on yourself. Think of this as home-improvement. A house needs work occasionally. So do we.

Tool for Tuesday: We can use a rude awakening as an opportunity for a spiritual awakening.

Here’s a current event example of how we can use a rude awakening for change. The stolen passports on the missing Malaysian airline flight demands new procedures…

 

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About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is a writer living in northern Israel whose novel, A Remarkable Kindness, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in August. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, and other publications. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.
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6 Responses to Tool for Tuesday: Rude Awakening? Use It as a Spiritual Awakening.

  1. Turnip Times says:

    Rude awakenings also come in the guise of being robbed or cheated. Was it a coincidence? Or is it a heavenly retribution for our misdeeds and the robber/cheater is just the stick that was used to beat us?

  2. juliabarrett says:

    Always.

  3. You go, Lily! Wake up and enjoy the good things; celebrate the blessings. Lose the mood.

  4. Diana, glad Lily had a “rude awakening”. We’re only responsible for our own actions. So it’s important not to react to others moods.

    • dianabletter says:

      You’re right, Tracy – we have to stay with our own moods and not fall into the swamp if others go nuts around us!

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