It's late January/early Shevat right now. That means our New Year's resolutions may be wearing off. Our fervent plans and goals made at the beginning of the calendar year seem to take a backseat when life gets in the way.
Reaching for a goal is such a human thing to so, a classic and respected exercise of the strength of our human will.
These wise words in a blog post by Shuli Kleinman this week remind me that it's not my own plans and goals that take precedence anyway:
"Taanug, the pleasure of the soul, is also above will, but we may not have ever experienced real pleasure of the soul.
Instead we experience comfort, satisfaction, gratification, and other things related to the accomplishment of our goals based on will.
Yet one thing is beyond refute - this type of happiness does not last and there is no guarantee that what works today will have the same outcome the next time.
Why? We are simply not in control of the world."
It's a challenge to balance the reality of God's sovereignty with our own healthy enthusiasm for prosperity and growth. For enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment in our lives.
I loved a post by Marnie Pehrson, sharing her tender but powerful personal growth in the ability to receive (kabel in Hebrew) as a woman. Oh yes, I can relate when she says, "Over the last couple years, I’ve felt myself being reprogrammed to receive. Through a series of setbacks, life has put me in positions where I HAVE to receive. I have to ask for help."
And I'm SO looking forward to the new book on Eshet Chayil by Sara Esther Crispe, scheduled for publication soon.