My oldest son told me he wants to go skydiving one day. G-d help me. I can already tell what kind of teenager he's turning into. He loves adventure, has zero patience, and hates school.
Hmmm... sounds familiar.
I mean, he sounds just like his father. His mind goes a million miles an hour, just like David's. He wants to be rich when he grows up, and so does David. To be honest, David has more patience than I do. But that's probably because he's not around the kids as much as I am.
I mean, it's easy to have patience when your patience isn't being tested, right?
I hate anything to do with falling, and the only way I would ever skydive is if I were lying unconscious on someone else's back.
But I do love this picture.
Isn't it spectacular?
Every day we're so stuck in our immediate surroundings that it's difficult, impossible sometimes, to remember that there is a world of perfection that exists.
This world is right here, so close, but we can't see it. As much as we want to, we can't experience it.
The sky above the clouds reminds me of this perfect world. No matter what's going on underneath, whether it's raining, a hurricane, tornadoes, snow, or Black Friday sales, the world above the clouds is always peaceful. Always perfect.
Is it possible to experience this perfect world while we're still alive? How so, if our lives are full of difficult challenges, extremely limited perception, and chaos?
Well, we could:
a) spend the rest of our lives flying above the clouds in airplanes
b) work on connecting to that perfect world through our emuna
"A" doesn't sound so comfortable, unless the plane you're flying in happens to be tripped out with a Presidential Suite, a personal chef, and a jacuzzi with those super cool lights that switch colors.
That means that for most of us, "B" is our only practical option. And it really is a practical option. Like I wrote last week, emuna is the only thing that keeps us from giving up all hope when the challenges start feeling impossible.
When we feel like we're trapped in our difficulties, if we can just remind ourselves that these challenges are not forever, this could literally save our sanity.
If we can remember that everything is supposed to be as it should, and Hashem is running the world, we will be okay with whatever the outcome is. I'm not saying that we have to be happy with whatever happens; but at least we need to recognize that whatever happens is what is supposed to happen, even though we may not understand why.
On the other side of the clouds there is peace, tranquility, and eternal blue skies. You know the fastest way to get there?
Just close your eyes.
Keep this stunning picture in your mind and have it handy for when you go through your day, your week, your life.
I hope this helps make your day a bit brighter!