Sefiras Haomer- Day 22
Chesed SheBnetzach – Kindness in victory:
A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his fatther if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up and get your hair cut and we’ll talk about it.” After about a month the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. They again went to the father’s study where his father said, “Son, I've been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you've studied diligently, but you didn't get your hair cut!” The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know Dad, I've been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair, King Solomon had long hair, and even Moses had long hair….” To which his father replied, “Yes, and they walked everywhere they went!”
In life we must sometimes fight various obstacles in order to achieve our goals. Yet, we must be kind in our victories. Even when you have to say “no,” do it with kindness.