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So what is the purpose of this mundane?

As I work toward building a life full of passion and creativity, I have often found myself stuck in theory and working in the mundane.  I am at the beginning, in the time of practice and the building of self confidence.  At times I find this period frustrating and a sort of restless feeling sets in.

This has lead me to seek what is the purpose of this mundane?

And this is what I found…

The essence of wisdom is to use everything, even lowly things, for a noble purpose. When involved in lofty matters of sanctity, it is not difficult for any person to focus on spiritual improvement. However, when involved in mundane matters, it takes a healthy level of wisdom to be able to focus on their spiritual value. This requires a “wise person who sees that which is to come in the future.

For this reason, when one begins the blessings that relate to mundane matters, as one who leaves the holy to enter mundane activities, he must pray for the wisdom to enable even those matters to be connected to sanctity.

Extract from : http://www.yeshiva.co/midrash/shiur.asp?id=14672

Culture and Self Esteem

It seems the basis of most indigenous cultures
is to teach children that they are part of the earth and without them
the earth would not survive and that they are part of a family and
without them the family would not survive.

Perhaps we could adopt such wisdom to teach our children self esteem rather than linking their self esteem to success??