In Gesture & Deed
The Hand of Comfort
To be alive commands and demands a commitment to action without interference from all of the meshugas (crazinesses and stupidities). This devotion to action, to the things that MUST be done, without interference from our emotions, moods, and perceptions is possible. If it were impossible, then the Slonimer rabbi of the late 19th century would never have suggested this advice to my zayde. BUT, my grandfather's teacher did mention that it is not an easy pursuit.