This evening I received an email from Merkaz Anash about refining character traits. One thought caught my attention.
A chossid from Beshenkovitch once asked the Mitteler Rebbe for a brocho to be able to do avoda. He added, "I am not exactly sure what avoda entails, but since I have a strong desire not to do it, I understand that it must be something really good..."
(סה"ש ת"ש ע' 106)
Kikar Hashabat has an article about the importance of seizing the moment and that one shouldn't procrastinate. There is a story about Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz who went into the yeshiva and overturned benches so that the students would think a "pogrom" had occurred and would realize they had to flee to Shanghai. The Rabbi's plan succeeded and the bachurim took the last train before the tracks were blown up.
Read full article in Hebrew: http://www.kikarhashabat.co.il/מופלא-כך-ניצלו-תלמידי-הישיבה-מ.html