Meir shares about his onesie collection, traveling, and why using all his G-d-given talents to do good make him happy.
- Meir has 11 onesies and counting! He got into the onesie craze the past year and can’t look back! He feels they are super practical and show a lot of character.
- Meir is happy when he knows he’s using all of his G-d-given talents to do good. This can be through talking, dancing, or anything that uses all of his body and his mind together. He likes to be involved.
- Meir is an orthodox Jew and he gives the example of Sukkot. One of the precepts is to walk into the sukkah (tent); other mitzvahs (precepts) involve your hands, or your mouth, or your mind, but this precept requires bringing your whole body into the sukkah.
- Doing good means making the world a brighter place. Meir is a Chabad Jew, and a characteristic of the Chabad movement is bringing joy and happiness to the world. We used to think that physical deprivation was the way to connect with G-d, and while there is still place for fasting and other forms of sacrifice, happiness is the way to connect with G-d. Sacrifice and joy are not mutually exclusive, we need both and both have the power to do the deed, but we can achieve our goals with simcha (celebration) just as well.
- Meir comes from a very happy and warm household, so he got a strong foundation—he gives a shout-out to his mom on all the podcasts for her happy influence. He’s had some darker moments where he wasn’t as happy, but he learned later through his travels and interacting with others and making others happy makes him very happy. He’s learned that when he does what he’s passionate about, everything else that he needs follows through. It brings him a lot of joy to bring together projects and videos, not only for the people that are involved in creating it, but also the people who view the videos and get joy out of them.
- Else from motivational speaking and filmmaking, Meir is a Bar Mitzvah motivator. People ask him how can he keep going after hours and hours of dancing and cheering, and he says he feeds off of the energy in the room. It’s a use it or lose it situation, he just keeps going at it.
- He discovered his talents by facing fears and going out there and making things happen.
- Rather than following the traditional orthodox Jewish path of going to yeshiva, becoming a rabbi, getting married, he got out a year later to volunteer for a Jewish community in Manchester. When he returned home, most of his friends had gotten married and instead he went traveling through Asia and discovered himself and brought up what he enjoys and what he doesn’t enjoy—he realized that he isn’t always an extrovert, but sometimes needs time for himself to be an introvert.
- In this day and age, we go out and sociaize a lot, but how often do we just sit down to read and meditate and go back to our basics and recharge ourselves?
- There hasn’t been one specific event or defining moment that exemplifies Meir’s life mission, but rather a series of events that add up. Meir allows to redirect himself constantly to adapt and react to what happens in life. Meir believes one needs to learn to how to react to that which we can’t control to shape your perspective and build the reality that you want and you deserve.
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