It is very easy to become discouraged when we fail to view things in a panoramic way. The failures of yesteryear, coupled with the colossal blowing of it today, can be overwhelming causing our minds to play tricks on us. It is easy to think we may never get it right. Ever been there?
I often ask for advice or wisdom from a rabbi or other people I consider to be wise, noble, and spiritual. Recently I called upon a rabbi to inquire as to how I should respond to a certain situation. His response was, “What would the command to “be holy” bid you to do in the situation?” Ouch! Oy vey and oy vey again!
Many people choose to live their lives somewhere between “regret” and “fret.” Being overly concerned with “what if” or “if only,” or stressed and overwhelmed by what may happen in the future, distracts our attention from life in the immediacy of today.
Life is a series of in-betweens, transitions from one season to the next. We all have regrets about the past and we should learn from them. We will also have questions about the future, but we must not allow them to overwhelm us. Moreso, we must be present and aware of the sacredness of this day, of the wonder of it that transforms the pain of the struggle into the joy of growing and ascending. And we must be faithful to the One who restored our souls to us this morning, and to His commandments.