As election season approaches, let's redefine the campaign: Instead of throwing mud, let's talk about how we can light up the world. * Your internal world is not a retreat; it's the real project that has the power to transform everything around us. * On Hayom Yom for 14 Elul.
Here's an invigorating thought as we head into election season: What if the real campaign isn't happening out there on political stages, but within each of us? What if the victory we seek is not just in ballots but in building an internal sanctuary of strength and positivity? This perspective is powerfully aligned with the wisdom from today's Hayom Yom, which urges us to "Keep away - to the ultimate degree - from a campaign of attack" and instead focus on "strengthening our own structure."
So, in this charged political atmosphere, how can this teaching guide us?
Rabbi Hillel famously said, "If I am not for myself, who will be for me?" This isn't a call to self-centeredness but a reminder that meaningful change starts within. By concentrating on strengthening our inner selves, we are better equipped to be forces for good in the community and, by extension, the world.
Election seasons are notorious for their negativity, for their focus on what divides us rather than what unites us. The teaching from Hayom Yom is a timely antidote. It encourages us to set a different tone: to build rather than break, to illuminate rather than obscure.
What's the actionable insight here? In the days leading up to the election, and indeed in all days, prioritize your internal development—your education, your ethical standards, your spiritual health. This is not a dismissal of the importance of civic involvement but a reframing of it. Imagine if each voter brought not just preferences but a wellspring of internal positivity to the ballot box. Imagine how that could transform the tenor of our national conversation, and bring us a step closer to a harmonious world—perhaps even to the days of Moshiach.
This isn't old-fashioned idealism. It's a tried-and-true strategy for navigating the modern world with integrity and genuine strength. So as the election unfolds, let's each remember that the most vital campaign is the one occurring within us. And it's a campaign where every act of internal building is a win for us all.