Everyone of us has faced challenges in our lives. Dealing with stressors in our fast-paced world is a challenge in and of itself, and for some people it seems as if “when it rains, it pours.” They feel as if they are getting pounded with problems, one after another. Even happy events – weddings, births, celebrations – can pose challenges and stress!
Your perception is the key to turning life’s challenges into blessings, says Advanced Life Skills. This self-help guide suggests when faced with problems, ask yourself five questions:
1. What can I learn from this?
This challenge may offer value and opportunity; all you need do is look for it.
2. How can this strengthen me?
Problem-solving can be intimidating; when you realize you can handle this challenge, you’ll feel stronger and more confident.
3. How can I use this to my advantage?
Your solution may teach you a new way to achieve a goal.
4. How can I use this to help others?
Who’s watching? Your children, family, and/or friends may be motivated and inspired by your positive actions in the face of challenges.
5. What would make this a worthwhile experience?
The knowledge that you have choices can be an empowering, life-affirming blessing. Knowing that you’re able to respond to a situation rather than react is value-added.
For some people of our faith, every day is challenging, but there is something we can do: We can make it possible for them to worship with dignity and thanksgiving. Your monetary donation, no matter how small, can make this year’s Chanukah 8 blessing-filled days for those who cannot afford the foods and items needed for traditional worship. With your help, Maot Chitim volunteers can prove we care. Most importantly, Maot Chitim lets Chicago-area needful neighbors that they are not alone.
Together, we can face challenges as deep as the ocean
and as high as the sky. -Sonia Gandhi
Call 847-674-3224 or contact Maot Chitim to learn more about ways to donate time and money.
…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
It’s 4Q 2017, and as our fiscal year-end approaches, our thoughts turn to filing taxes. Again. Taxes are an unavoidable part of our lives, no matter whether you’re a DIY (do-it-yourself) tax-filer or employ a professional to “do the math.”
All of us recognize the mitzvah with which we are commanded and the blessings we realize as a result of our charity. But there are also tax benefits of giving, and the reality is, most of us could use a good tax deduction! Here’s how it works:
Whether you donate because you identify with and feel a part of Chicago’s Jewish community or because you are commanded to do so, your financial support allows our less fortunate neighbors to observe Jewish holidays and worship at home with dignity and thanksgiving. Maot Chitim is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so your donation is tax-deductible. You can donate by cash, check, or credit card. Many companies have a matching gifts program, which means your donation is doubled!