Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Shoshie's Last Act on Earth

Do any of else know when you our second on earth will be? Of course not! While we are on the subject, what would you like your last action on earth to be? An action that reflects your deepest desire of who you really want to be. Who doesn't want true greatness? Who doesn't want to have been known as a righteous person? What if we lived with a moment to moment awareness that this moment could be our last? Would you be a little kinder? Would you be a little more sensitive? a wee bit more forgiving? a way to judge that perosn more favorably? Could you be a little more consciousnessly aware of acting a bit more in accordance with what you want for yourself any way? 
The Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Noach Weinberg ztl -used to say "what are you living for" - maybe the first thousand times I heard it, I didn't have a clue of what to think about. Not a clue as to what the answer was for me inside. He taught us that this is the most important question a perosn can ask themselves. Keep asking it.....every day. This is your guide in life! Before I was Frum, in the Aish basics program we were given an exercise "what would you like for your loved ones to eulogize you when chas v shalom you pass away from this earth. There is no exercise that can get you clearer of what is most important to you. Why wouldn't we do such an exercise? Just what are our moment to moment, daily, goals? priorities? You just can't write I want to be a good person, a good mother, a good father, a good son, daughter. You have to fully answer the question " what is a good person, mother, father etc. Don't go through life expressing yourself according to what just occurs to you, doing what you feel like, when you feel like and how you feel like doing it. Your mind is for the purpose of directing yourself to knowing your soul. That is where your greatest reservoir of wisdom is-your soul not your mind. Our souls are self contained units of everything you need to know in life. It is there that you will find all of the deepest answers to the question just what am I living for. 
Reb Noach used to say " know what you are willing to die for" - ......... and live for it. Another variation on the theme of "what are you living for". Very few precious moments in life, the curtain of nature, the mundane gets cast aside. When your seeing is seeing and your hearing is hearing and your understanding is understanding. This is the time, when we've lost a precious daughter of klal Yisroel, to seize the moment of opportunity to ask yourself the right questions, get in touch with your right answers, and live more fully as to who you really are and what you truly want. For your sake, for Klal Yisroel's sake for Hashem's sake. 
May we all be zocheh to Hashem's instruments to sanctify his name in this world, may we all through the sanctification life the world in keeping with the image of God., may we know no more pain, suffering, sickness etc - say I love you, hug your children and reach out to those who are single, widowed, divorced, mentally unstable and those who have parnassa problems. May we bring Moshiach speedily in our time. My next post will be about Shoshie's last moments on earth and how they truly reflected what she was living for (Baruch Hashem).

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