Finding G-d in Tony Robbins

Today I discovered Tony Robbins on Twitter. Tony is a motivational coach who tours around the world shaking people up with his universal truths. You can watch his video here. I was struck by his quote “Let others lead small lives, not you. Let others argue over small things, not you. Let others cry over small hurts, not you…” I guess it came to me at a time I needed to read it, but now I’m kind of obsessed with the guy. He’s becoming my personal rabbi — though not Jewish at all, I don‘t think.

I like Tony because he inspires people in the place they need inspiration. He helps people build physical strength, emotional stamina, spiritual fulfillment and find the relationship or career they desire. He gets crowds from around the world to hear his story, and helps them see the world differently; larger. He has a foundation to feed the hungry. And his words are so simple, but so obvious that they hit even harder. These basic words make me wonder what has happened in our lives that make us think so small.

It’s funny, as I watch Tony, how much I can’t help but think these lessons are not much different from those in Torah. Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, The Dalai Lama, Shmuley Boteach have become some of our world-renowned spokespeople spreading message of hope, positive attitude, gratitude, and helping others through holy wisdom. They are all some of my favorites. The question I have then is what is the difference between a spiritual guide speaking from the Book and a motivational speaker speaking world truths? Are they in fact the same? Can people find G-d’s message without G-d’s assigned messengers, or outside of G-d‘s worship place?

After watching my seventh Tony Robbins video today, it makes me think to open up my eyes and ears to what anyone and everyone has to say because, possibly, they are all messages from G-d and shouldn’t be dismissed so quickly. Today I found G-d in Tony Robbins on Twitter. Where did you find G-d today?

Monica Rozenfeld