Yesod Shebehod – bonding in consistency
joke: An artist asks the gallery owner if there has been any interest in his paintings. ‘I have good news and bad news,’ the owner replies. ‘The good news is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings.’ ‘That’s wonderful,’ the artist exclaims. ‘What’s the bad news?’ The owner replies, ‘The guy was your doctor…’
You are a responsible, consistent, reliable husband or father. Yet, you don’t feel you get the credit your commitment deserves.
You are a reliable and fair employer. You have principles and you stick to them. Yet, you do not feel that your employees appreciate you for all the effort you put in being a consistent and principled employer.
You work so hard to be there for your husband, all of his needs are met. He comes home to a fresh, hot dinner, and a clean home. Yet, he does not show appreciation…
Sometimes, your consistency—though admirable—still requires bonding. You need to bond with your loved one, express to them your caring and affection for them. Tell them how much they mean to you and how important they are in your life. This can make all the difference.
- Rabbi YY Jacobson