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    popcorn: I agree that Extreme Social anxiety can greatly interfare with functioning. Did it really take years for your neice to conquer social anxiety through cognitive therapy? Is that what it typically takes to conquer social anxiety or can one grow out of it with time? Can a psychologist really help?


    OK, here’s the latest installment:

    (Based on Positive Word Power, day 50, Mesorah Publications)

    But what about the inevitable dark, hurtful words that come your way? Words that seek to undermine the accomplishments that you have achieved? What to do with these, so it does not ruin your beautiful, cheerful garment?


    I make sure to look spiffy whenever santa passes by… oh wait i thought this thread was about raising my elf esteem.


    Lol, Goq!


    kol daveed

    BPT –

    I don’t know you and in all likelihood I will never you. There’s one thing I do know though, you are a child of HaKadosh Baruch Hu, handcrafted by Him and placed into this world for a specific purpose and mission that only you can fulfill. You yourself were created b’tzelem Elokim. Do you realize the weight and gravity of that statement? The Ribon shel Olamim, the One who counts the stars and knows them by name, singlehandedly fashioned you in His image and tailored made your life and your world specifically for you. Every person you come across, every interaction, every sight, smell, and sound, it was placed into this world for YOU. This world, with all its billions of peoples, plants, animals, etc. was fitting to be created solely for YOU. Mamash you are royalty, a child of the King, the Melech Malchei Hamalachim, HaKadosh Baruch Hu. Like I said before, I don’t know you and in all likelihood I will never have the honor of meeting you, real royalty, but unfortunatley that’s my loss. Hashem should continue to bless you, watch over you, and guide you on the path that is fit for you.

    kol daveed

    Sorry, i got the three letter acronym wrong. the above message is also for xbp… truth be told it applies to each and every one of us. We’re all banim shel HaKadosh Baruch Hu.

    am yisrael chai

    Thanks, bpt, for including the day’s passage here.

    I like to think of it as kosher/treif thoughts; one you can ingest and the other needs to be disposed of ASAP.

    Goq, once again 🙂

    kd, what a beautiful response, you could be a motivational speaker/writer! I’m sure people feel blessed to have met you and perhaps bpt will meet you, too, for Hashem works in mysterious ways.

    Just how will you both know that it’s really the other, I’ve no clue…

    kol daveed

    Am Yisrael Chai,

    Thank you for your kind words, but truth be told those words were paraphrased from my Rav and I’m beyond fortunate to have his influence in my life.

    There’s one thing that we all (Yeshivish/Chassidish/Sephardim/MO/and whatever else) need to remember: Klal Yisrael is one body and one soul. What happens to one of us, happens to all of us. The sooner we realize this, the sooner we merit Hashem’s limitless love and support.

    As to how xbp or bpt will know it’s me, when they enter the room I’ll be the one who stands up to greet the children of the King.


    Wow, KD. All that for just posting something I read? I guess you never can underestimate the impact a kind word or supportive thought can have on someone.

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