Friday, November 02, 2007

A Scale Before My Eyes

Whenever someone insults me in public, I place a scale before my eyes: on one side are my sins, on the other side are the insults and humilations which have been directed towards me. I see the side of my sins weighing down lower and lower, and I choose to bear my disgrace in silence and tell myself that I deserve it. I do this whenever faced with any sort of distress, be it through another's word or deed.

(Chofetz Chaim)