We spend most of our days
running, jumping, striving. There is so much
for us to achieve andso little time, how else can we live? It
to us to hear the words:
‘Stop’; ‘Join the line, wait your
turn’; ‘Be patient’.
Still -- and we know it -- these moments are also Hashem’s
to us. They are opportunities to reach for greatness. For when we enter
the world of quiet -- that moment ofinactivity, that minute of silence
-- we feel and taste eternity.
We are in this
world to gain,
to grow. We read, we learn, and become wiser. We do, we build,and
become wealthier.We act with kindness, we pray, and we lift ourselves
into higher worlds.
Sometimes, though in our
business, in our
importance, we forget that our life in this worldis temporary.It will
soon be over. A moment of waiting, of delay, presses us into
With this in mind then, we can
convert our most frustrating moments into our most pleasurableones.
Imagine we had
magic wands. We could just wave them at whatever troubles us, and our
problem would disappear.
Well, the truth is that we do have such wands. What are they? -- A
one-thought formula. We need only think that that which seems to be an
issue -- a pain, an inconvenience, a frustration -- is really a tool.
Hashem gives us a spade with which to dig up buried treasure -- the
treasure of reaching our potential, of uncovering our own glory and
greatness. This tool is the hurdle we must jump, to strengthen
ourselves, to empower our personalities.
person is as
happy as the person who reaches greatness. No person is as content as
the person who activates his potential. He or she is truly the one who
just keeps on smiling.
One of our great gifts is the ability to hear. We hear physical sound,
music, speech. Then we also hear with our inner ear. We hear of an
event. We lend an ear to a friend.
we listen, we
understand more than is being said. We hear ideas that hide behind the
words, ideas that wait only to speak with us. This input helps us
fine-tune and improve our flight path through life.
We need to
listen seriously to these messages -- to this direction and advice. The
voice that speaks to us -- that suggests to us where to go and what to
do -- is the voice of Hashem.
whispers to us -- and we must take care to hear Him, to follow all that
He tells us. The Divine Presence’s advice is the greatest
advice of all --
it leads us always to that which is good and pleasant.
your pleasure? A small child prefers a hard
raspberry-flavored candy. Never mind that the flavoring is artificial,
or that it glistens only with saliva, or that it is bad for his teeth.
This is his pleasure.
On the other hand, a more
person prefers a white wine. In it, he tastes sunny orchards, years of
mellowing in cool cellars, the oak of the barrel. This is his pleasure.
in giving us His Torah did us a special favor. By
rules, we train ourselves to appreciate higher pleasures. We do acts of
charity and kindness, and we learn the pleasure of giving. We study
Torah, and we come to value justice and truth. We pray, and we
understand the ultimate joy of sitting near Hashem.
these pleasures surpass those of eating pizza and drinking beer? -- The
answer is that physical pleasures are fine -- but they are only ours
while we sit in this world. The ability to enjoy higher joys however,
is a part of our soul. As such, it belongs to us forever.