Napoleon Hill Foundation Ezine for December 9 2011
This week's Napoleon Hill Foundation ezine has an article by Judy Williamson about Divine Providence.
Eliezer A. Alperstein, CPA, a regular contributor to the ezine, writes about Chanukah.
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As time passes, the more faith I put into Providence. This faith in something or somebody beyond our current understanding requires that we submit to a Divine Will or Plan. This does not mean that our life is pre-ordained and set in lock-step fashion beginning to end, but rather that sometimes we do not understand something fully enough to see beyond the here and now, or in other words, we do not see the big picture.
I have a friend who struggled greatly when she was dismissed from law school in Ohio because her first year grades were just a fraction too low to advance to the second year of study. She was on a donor's scholarship and try and she might, she had to give it up because she had to meet a certain grade point average set by the school. She was 1/10 of a percentage point too low! This person already had a Bachelor's Degree, a Master's Degree and a Degree in Canon Law. She had been a teacher, a school principal, and is a Sister of Providence. I watched her question again and again why this happened as she was trying to begin a new chapter in her life, but as she did so, she also reminded herself that she believed in Providence, in fact she was a Sister of Providence, so she had to accept this "failure" as Divine Will.
When she accepted this change of course in her life, she moved on to a different state and began a new assignment. Within an amazingly short period of time she advanced to the second in command of a huge diocese where she continues to do wonderful work yet today. She is touching 70 now and was in her 60's when all this began to take place. Ask her today how she feels about Providence, and I am certain she will tell you that a bend in the road is not the end of the road. I know that she is fulfilled in her job. Somehow, because she accepted the "no" from the law school, she found her true position in life. Did Providence guide her? I believe, as she indicated to me, that yes she was directed to this choice because doors were closed and she had to open a new one.
So, I have learned a great lesson from my friend. When doors close on you, it is always because Providence has a grander destination in mind for you than the one you would have chosen for yourself. Faith is the opposite of fear. Let that door close, and advance toward the one you least expect will lead you to your dream. Believe and you will succeed.
Be Your Very Best Always,
Director of The Napoleon Hill Foundation's World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet
Your Hope of Success
By Napoleon Hill
If you accept defeat as an inspiration to try again, with renewed confidence and determination, the attainment of your success will be only a matter of time. If you accept defeat as final and allow it to destroy your confidence, you may as well abandon your hope of success.
Every defeat you meet will mark an important turning point in your life, for defeat will bring you face to face with the necessity of renewing confidence in yourself, or of admitting that confidence is lacking.
Defeat often serves to relieve a man of his conceit. But there is a difference between conceit and self-reliance based upon an honest inventory of one's character. The man who quits when defeat overtakes him thereby indicates that he mistook his conceit for self-reliance.
If a man has genuine self-reliance, he also has sound character, for one springs from the other. And a sound character does not yield to defeat without a fight.Source: PMA Science of Success Course: Educational Edition. Pg. 395
Without Struggle There Is No Growth
A Video Discussion with Ray Stendall, Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor & Judy Williamson
by Eliezer A. Alperstein, CPA
"You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. Let that be realised; no survival for the British Empire, no survival for all that the British Empire has stood for, no survival for the urge and impulse of the ages, that mankind will move forward towards its goal."~Winston Churchill, from his first address to Parliament upon becoming Prime Minister
The holiday of Chanukah which is celebrated each year during the winter is generally thought to be a holiday especially made for children. The giving of gifts, the lighting of a menorah, and the spinning of a special kind of a top called a dreidel gives the holiday a childish quality.
What is generally ignored during the eight day Chanukah festival is that Chanukah is far more similar to V-E or V-J Day than to the Christmas holiday even though the manners in which the holidays are celebrated appear to be quite similar - the giving of presents and the association of lights or candles being lit inside or outside one's home.
Chanukah celebrates the military victory of the Jewish people against the tyranny of the Seleucid Empire of Syria which tried to impose paganism upon the Jews. For this reason, a defiant Churchill staring down the assembled might of the German Wehrmacht lying across the English Channel would actually be a more accurate symbol of what the holiday is really about than the giving of gifts or the spinning of a top. Even the symbol of lighting the menorah obscures the military victory the holiday celebrates, for without the military victory, the menorah in the Temple would never have been lit again.
The Hebrew word Chanukah means "dedication." The holiday is so named since it celebrates the Jews once again dedicating the Temple in Jerusalem to the worship of God and not to pagan deities.
The dictionary has various definitions of the word "dedication." The definition which seems most appropriate to Chanukah is "the giving of oneself to some purpose." And isn't that what Dr. Hill wrote about when he said that the key to success was having a Definite Major Purpose or aim to which we dedicate ourselves?
The English were able to prevail in a life and death struggle because they had a leader who made clear to them what they needed to achieve and the price they would have to pay in order to achieve that aim. The leaders of the Judean revolt twenty-two hundred years ago did the same for the people they led in war.
Victory on the world stage as well as in our own lives does not come cheap nor fast. Just as the British endured over 40,000 civilian casualties during the Blitz and America suffered a devastating defeat at Pearl Harbor, so must we occasionally have to do endure personal setbacks until we wrest victory from the jaws of temporary defeat. We must dedicate ourselves to the goal of our choosing and pursue that goal until victory is ours with the Faith that in our time of greatest peril or adversity Providence will come to our aid.
Elie emigrated to Israel from the United States in 1990 and established his own accounting firm soon after which specializes in the preparation of audited financial statements and the related tax filings for U.S. based 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and U.S. individual expatriate tax returns. He is frequent contributor to the Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today weekly ezine, is a certified leader of the Napoleon Hill Foundation and the moderator of the Napoleon Hill Foundation's Online Mastermind Forum. Elie can be reached at email@example.com
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