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Like a bird, man can reach undreamed-of heights as long as he works his wings. Should he relax them for but one minute, however, he plummets downward.

(Rabbi Yisrael Salanter)

חיים שאל ממך נתתה לו
Life he requested of You, You gave it to him. (Tehillim 21:5)

Hashem, I am asking for life from You – but not the life of an animal who merely exists to fulfill its bodily desires. I am asking for a life in which each day I can work to fulfill the tachlis of why You put me here in this world.