Many know of the mitzvah of giving charity and of its reward, but not of the greatness of the mitzvah of words. Have our Rabbis not said (Bavra Basra 9b): "One who gives a penny to a poor man is blessed with six blessings, but one who conciliates him with words is blessed with eleven." Therefore in speaking, one must clothe himself in righteousness to speak to the poor man's heart. His words must be gentle to the poor one; he must console him in his adversity and in his ill fortune, and he must honor and uplift him. --The Ways of the Tzaddikim, pg. 145
Last week I had the privilege of experiencing the removal of all four wisdom teeth and one extra tooth that had grown behind one of my top front teeth. The entire experience has been a test of patience.
Responsibility, in society has negative connotations. When something goes wrong, everyone looks for who is Responsible. Responsibility has become a synonym for “guilt.” Whoever is responsible, is the one who is guilty. Yet this is not really what the term was designed for.