Shimon Peres: Don’t Let Skepticism Win The Day

“You came to us with a clear message that no one should let skepticism win the day,” said Israeli President Shimon Peres to American President Barack Obama yesterday, March 20, 2013.

How often do we let our own skepticism win the day? How familiar is this old mantra:

I can’t, I can’t, I can’t…

He won’t, she won’t, they won’t…
We have a choice.

Instead of blaming, pleading, challenging, provoking, criticizing and adding sarcasm to our recipe of words, we can change the way we speak. And also the way we think just by substituting hope for negativity and sincerity for skepticism.

We must do the work on our very own selves. We have to start letting go of past bitterness and fears of the future and move forward. It has to begin inside ourselves.  We have to change tack and try a different approach.

Forget the other guys right now and move ahead. You pave the way and they’ll catch up. Transformation is an inside job.

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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2 Responses to Shimon Peres: Don’t Let Skepticism Win The Day

  1. Hi Diana,
    It’s also so easy to fall into negative thinking. It takes effort to think positively. You’re a wise woman. 🙂

  2. Transformation is,indeed, an inside job. Thanks for the reminder and an excellent post, Diana.

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