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Pit Stops

Friday, 8 April, 2005 - 12:00 pm

I recently read a comic in which a couple is searching for a music band to play at their wedding anniversary celebration.  They go from one concert to another to “audition” some local bands.  After spending hours and days listening to ten different groups that they do not like, they finally fall in love with one.  As soon as the band finishes performing, the couple races to the leader to book them for their anniversary date.

The band is already booked for that date.

In life we try on many hats.  We check to see if we like the color, style, size and material.  But if the hat is not for sale, we are wasting our time.

The best way to book the right band is to see if it’s services are available on the date you need it.  Then see if it’s worth booking.

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The Jews journeyed for forty years from Egypt to Israel.  Along the way they made 42 stops.  Most of these pit stops were nothing to write home about.

We revisit those travels in the Torah portion of Massei.  We recount the episodes that transpired in these landmarks.  In one place we slept in and Moshe had to wake us to receive the Torah; in another we doubted G-d.  Here we desired meat; there we listened to the spies.

Foible after foible is narrated.  In the end we finally make it to the Promised Land.  But our odyssey through the desert certainly was marked with shortcomings (to say the least).

We might conclude that these forty years were time squandered.  We wasted time and effort reviewing bands that we did not like and were not available in the first place.

But the Torah teaches us differently.  The Torah, in referring to the 42 encampments of the Jewish sojourn in the wilderness, calls them “journeys,” not pit stops.

The message is clear:  These encampments were not ends unto themselves.  Each stop was a stepping stone to advance forward.  True, many were fraught with trouble.  Indeed it is through the trials and tribulations that the Jewish nation became prepared to enter the Land of Israel.

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The same applies to our journey of life.  Necessary and involuntary parts of life are the hindrances that inevitably impede our progress.

Do we try to avoid these challenges or do we take them head on?

We need to ask ourselves a question:  Am I trying on a hat that is for sale or fantasizing about a hat I will never own?

When a “pit stops” brings your life voyage to a halt, ask yourself:  Is this an opportunity for growth, a stepping stone – or am I getting stuck on the stone and forgetting about the step.

Make sure every hat you try on is for sale.  Even if it does not fit your head, it will push you forward and help you find the right one.

If not – it’s not worth your time.

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