As some of you know, I attend a class with my rabbi every Monday night. My rabbi always tells our class to relate what you're listening to in class to your life, and learn from it. Many times, I'm amazed at how much I take away from the class, and I always form my own ideas/opinions as a result of the lesson. This past class was particularly interesting, and I thought I'd share what I learned. I think it applies to all of us a little bit, and hopefully you do to. The topic last night was based partially on the story of the birth of Esav and Yaakov, and also a bit from David and Goliath.
That said, here's what I came away with:
There are times in life, for most it's at work/school, where we are so frustrated and annoyed. We think to ourselves, "please get me through this day and get me home". Yes, sometimes work or a class can be very difficult, but think about that for a second, we are literally praying to get through the day; only to go through the same struggle again the next day! Unfortunately, by praying to get through the "same old" day, we forget that we have the capability to do so much more with our lives.
Now, I'm not saying quit school or quit your job, we need to learn and we need to earn a living. What I am saying is that everyday is an opportunity to think about new ways to better ourselves. We can get up every morning and try to make that day better than the previous. Unfortunately, some people are intent to just put our noses down and continue "living", just to get through the day, or the week. Life is an amazing gift, don't squander it! We all have the opportunity to be great in our own way, but we must be willing to change our outlook on life, and work for it!!
I challenge everyone to take 5-10 minutes a day and think about what they can change in their daily routine to enrich their life. I'd wager you come away with some interesting ideas for yourself!
Also, I think I'm going to continue to write up my thoughts and ideas from my class. Let me know, and I can share them with you as I go.
Just thought I'd share what I have been learning and applying to my life. Love you all.