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|The Time Machine Is At Your Door|
|Traveling through time has always been a human fantasy. To explore the past and peek into the future. The fact is that we all spend way too much time living in other time zones. Our lives are about a single moment of time, the present, from which we are unfortunately often absent.|
We think about, "What will be?" Some of us have longer term vision, while some of us think more in the short term. Some of us can focus on one future event and spend days and months living in that future moment, while some of us spread ourselves thinner thinking about an array of events, jumping from one to other depending on the time of day.
How much have we worried about things that never happened? How many imaginary conversations never came to fruition or turned out totally different than expected? How many months of mind share did we put in for a single night that came and went in but a few short hours and didn't really alter our lives one way or the other?
Life is a mission we are given. Actually it is a series of millions of missions. The Seforim HaKedoshim explain that our job is not to accomplish big things over time. Our life is far more complex while at the same time far simpler than that. Every moment in time is another mission that we must accomplish. "Avrohom Zakein Ba BaYomim" (Chayei Sara 24:1). Avrohom was one of the most accomplished men in history. Yet it doesn't say he came with achievements. Avrohom came with his "days". Avrohom did not have long term plans. He lived each moment of each day as he should and at the end came with all his days, not a single one was missing.
We want to change our future and we can. We can do this if we live in the present. Between now and the thing that worries you most, you can build vast worlds. You can change yourself so that you will be a totally different person and that projected future event will have no relevance to the person you've become or to the world as you've changed it. Don't waste your many precious audiences before the King of all kings daydreaming about how you will handle your impending crisis. Don't spend your days worrying yourself to death and causing self paralysis. Live for the moment. And there are so many moments, and you must take advantage of as many as you can, not letting a single one slip through your fingers. There are moments of Torah, Tefila and Chesed. With a single heave of these nuclear weapons you can truly change the face of the world and the future will surely never be the same.
HaAvar Ayin, HaAsid Adayin, HaHoveh K'Heref Ayin. The past is long gone. The future has not yet arrived. And the present last only the bat of an eye. Don't let millions of moments pass you by as you are caught off guard. Go out and change the world, one present moment at a time.
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RS, 2009-06-16 08:07:10
HaAvar Ayin, HaAsid Adayin, HaHoveh K'Heref Ayin
These are the famous words of the Ibn Ezra who concludes Im kein, daagah minayin?
I have often compared this to a back-seat driver scenario.
A passenger in a car driven by an inexperienced or reckless driver, will be constantly on edge, anxiously looking over the drivers shoulder and worrying about the potential hazards which they may encounter and whether the driver will negotiate them safely.
On the other hand when the car is in the hands of a safe, competent driver, the passenger will relax, or even fall asleep in the knowledge that he is in safe hands, come what may.
Similarly in our journey of life, we are anxious about what awaits us around the next corner. This is only because we fear possible hazards ahead which we may not be able to handle.
This is why we are instructed Tomim Tihye in Hashem Eloikecho We may not look into the future. Neither should we feel the urge to do so, when we know Kol mai deovid Rachmono Letav ovid the future can only hold things which are for our advantage and benefit.
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