Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Echo Called Life

A man and his son were walking in the forest.

Suddenly the boy trips and feeling a sharp pain he screams, "Ahhhhh." Surprised, he hears a voice coming from the mountain, "Ahhhhh!"

Filled with curiosity, he screams: "Who are you?", but the only answer he receives is: "Who are you?"

This makes him angry, so he screams: "You are a coward!", and the voice answers: "You are a coward!"

He looks at his father, asking, "Dad, what is going on?"

"Son," the man replies, "pay attention!"

Then he screams, "I admire you!" The voice answers: "I admire you!"

The father shouts, "You are wonderful!", and the voice answers: "You are wonderful!"

The boy is surprised, but still can't understand what is going on. Then the father explains, "People call this 'ECHO', but truly it is 'LIFE!'

Life always gives you back what you give out!

Life is a mirror of your actions.

If you want more love, give more love!

If you want more kindness, give more kindness!

If you want understanding and respect, give understanding and respect!

If you want people to be patient and respectful to you, give patience and respect!

This rule of nature applies to every aspect of our lives.

Life always gives you back what you give out.

Your life is not a coincidence, but a mirror of your own doings.



  2. Does “Yagata Umatzasa Tamin” apply here? Or is it only talking about Torah learning?
    If we try, hashem will help us and we will find…
    So if we give of ourselves to other people, Hashem in return will give us back but only what is good for us? Besides the fact that hashem gives us so many things even if we are undeserving of them.
    Also when a person gives of themselves-shouldn’t it be leshma? They are giving to help another yid!! The goal should not be to get something in return. It is a wonderful point what you brought out that it’s so true and it doesn’t even enter our minds that when we want s/t we don’t even do it or give of ourselves to others! We are so wanting of that specific thing and we really should be there for others just like we want it too!


  4. Wow, how beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing! :)

  5. Wow! How about the echo in life we create every day?
    Every action we do is like an echo! a smile- who knows how far it travels and repeats many times?
    What about any mitzvah you do - who knows how many people watch you and what a kiddush hashem you make! Maybe it really "echoed" and inspired so many people! When we Daven for something- maybe your tefillos helped someone on the other side of the world!
    And i must tell you Devorah, that who knows how many people you really helped with this unbelievable blog of yours??? Wow! what an echo!!!!

  6. wow!that is amazing!sorry i haven't been around here in a while.

  7. lb-thanks! And thanks for your comment!!

    1st Anon-that's a great question! This mashal can be applied to many things. The way you act to people is the way they will act to you in turn. Your mood will affect the way other people respond to you. And yes, when you give, Hashem gives back to you. If you work on yourself to become a giving person, Hashem will reward you with good too!
    Of course the ideal may be to give without expecting to get back and do things not for the reward itself but only because that's the right thing to do but not always are we on that level. So we are lucky that we know that when we do good things and give to others Hashem will give us more! And yes for sure we get so much more than we deserve - Hashem doesn't stop giving us - health, family, fun times, happiness, good we should keep thanking Him!!

    2nd Anon-so glad you liked!

    SG-thank you!

    3rd Anon-that is such a good, true point. Each person can create a positive echo for the people around them! And thanks for that touching comment - I hope to continue echoing for a very long time and may the inspirational echo spread really far - to all corners of the globe!! Keep telling more people about this blog so that the chizuk can spread!

    nechama - thank you. Welcome back!


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