This Shabbos, which culminates in the beginning of Purim on Saturday night, let's consider these words of Rabbi Akiva Tatz, with whom I have the privilege of studying in a live class on the web through JewishWorkshops.com:
"There are many ideas in Shabbos, but perhaps the most basic is that it represents an end-point, the tachlis of a process.
The week is a period of working, building; Shabbos is the cessation of that building, which brings home the significance and sense of achievement that building has generated.
It is not simply rest, inactivity. It is the celebration of the work which has been completed."
Who among us cannot relate to celebrating the end of our work week and the beginning of our two days of joy? Let's do it together!
Here's another idea I learned this week, shared by Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz from his counseling experience, and it fits perfectly into my life and my coaching practice:
"In order to think positively, a person should contemplate every situation they are in and see it as good, and consider how it can become even better. It’s important to understand that every little bit helps.
A person needs to understand that little, tiny, baby steps are like giant strides and leaps in personal growth. They are accomplishments that can go a long way in their life and the lives of others as well."
Shabbat is a time to remember and Purim is a time to forget. Having the maturity to know WHAT TO REMEMBER and WHAT TO FORGET is a spiritual practice of great value. What a privilege it is to have teachers to help me grow in wisdom now.