A Word from Israel July 14, 2015

If you’re watching the news at all, you know that those of us here in Israel are dodging rockets while trying to live a “normal” life and continue to work.  Amazing what a person can get done when you really focus.  Fortunately, where I live, at least so far, no sirens have sounded, probably because we are in the north, quite a distance from where the rockets are being launched.

Must admit, though, that while I’ve done pretty well at focusing on writing and other household chores, nevertheless, with family and friends in the firing line, it is distracting – primarily whenever the phone rings.  My stomach involunatrily knots up.

I purpose to remember some truisms I learned at my grandmother’s knee so many years ago:

Your mindset is half the battle.  To wake up each morning with gratitude for all that one has is essential to emotional health and to stability during hard times.  There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for – that we woke up this morning, alive and able to appreciate God’s goodness.

* No one can create a perfect life; but each of us can live an imperfect life with radical kindness and thoughtfulness towards those around us.

*Courage doesn’t mean you’re never afraid: courage means you never let your fears stop you from moving forward with your life.

*We are never alone.  We know that the God of Israel is always with us – all of us.  The support and prayers coming our way from so many friends in other countries is profoundly strengthening to us.  We thank you all from our hearts.

* One of life’s greatest gifts is the fact that life is difficult.  Why is that a “gift”? Because in dealing with life’s difficulties, we build invaluable strength.  It is precisely because life is difficult that we are able to make it great.  It is because life is difficult that we are able to rise above the difficulties.  We are able to make a difference and we are able to truly matter. 

So I think about these things my grandmother taught me.

Then I take a deep breath and go back to work.  There are books waiting to be written and lessons waiting to be taught, meals to be cooked and dishes to be washed.

Wherever you are today, and whatever is happening in your life, take a deep breath, get back to work, and sing a bit along the way.




2 thoughts on “A Word from Israel July 14, 2015

  1. Thank you so much for your weekly insights from the Torah. I especially appreciate the homework assignments you give. Thank you for sharing this wonderful wisdom with us in this post. Just like in the portion Pinchas, the census stating the names of the fathers, our grandparents, just as our parents shape our lives. Where we are today is the testimony of their faithfulness to HaShem. What will we do in this day given to us?

    Shalom Shalom,

    Laureen Zisa

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