Monday, April 28, 2008

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Motivation versus Results

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

A reader sent this question:

Say a bully hurts a little boy. I retaliate because I care for the little boy. Somebody else retaliates because they hate bullies, or that particular bully.

Is both okay? I feel that one is motivated by love whereas the other is motivated by hate. And in the long run, one should always be motivated by love.

Another, more personal example: I used to get resentful when my husband didn't help around the house. That anger would fuel me to clean more than I would normally clean -out of spite! Time went by, I worked on myself. Now I want him to go and learn, work, etc. I realize the value of the woman being in charge of -thus taking care of the details of the house. So now I do housework out of love. Does that make sense?

But my question is; both motives get the job done. But is there repercussions in the long run?




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