Section: Avodah Category: Innocent Observations
|The Secret of the Steps|
|There is a concept called Schar Pesios, which means that we receive a reward for each and every step that we tread on the way to Shul. This is not mere encouragement but very real. The halacha even says that if there are two Shuls, it is better to trek to the further one, in order to get more Schar Pesios.|
Wouldn't one think that getting to Shul is more important than racking up frequent flyer bonus points? Moreover the whole idea of each step being a separate mitzva is hard to understand.
Maybe there is a lesson to be learned here. In life most of the things we do are very repetitive and we don't really see results. This is true for many things among them raising children. This can be very frustrating and destroy our desire and motivation. We learn from Schar Pesios, that our outlook is wrong. There is a famous and meaningful quote saying "The journey is the destination".
Walking to Shul is not about traversing the distance that separates us, it is a journey where every step brings us closer to Hashem. We need to consciously think during every step that we are doing the will of Hashem even if this is the only step we take. Each step should uplift us and inspire us. If we do this we will want to hang to the journey as long as we can, and never let go. The journey is the destination. Arriving in Shul closes one chapter and opens up a brand new one. It is not the culmination of our journey, but rather what happens when the journey is over. We want it to last. We want to savor it.
Humans have an incredibly long road in raising their offspring to independence, including many menial tasks like doing laundry, cooking food, cleaning the house over and over again, day in and day out. Why? For what? Nothing ever changes in this recurring nightmare. We try teaching them the same lessons ad nauseum, but they never seem to get there.
Just like the long walk to Shul, we need to remember two things. First, believe it or not one day we will actually arrive. Just like when walking to Shul each step is the same and doesn't seem to bring us closer, yet at the end we find ourself standing face to face with our destination. The same thing happens with our children. After years of repetition, one day we find our children have indeed grown and absorbed all the love, toil, and lessons we have painstakingly invested in them, and stand before us as a beautiful fully built edifice.
Second we must remember that "The journey is the destination". We must know that each lunch we pack and each sock we fold is not going make the sky light up, but yet it does. Each and every task we endure is a precious step on our journey and we must savor it. We must realize that this is our mission and this is our destiny. Each and every small repetitive chore is jewel that will one day be revealed to us, and we will wish we had been given an even longer route.