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“Shabbat, one of the first commands Moses gave the Jewish people, remains as relevant now as it was then. It tells us that happiness lies not in what we buy but in what we are; that true commitment is to be found not by seeking what we lack but by giving thanks for what we have; and that we should never allow ourselves to be so busy making a living that we have all too little time to live. Above all, we should never be led by the crowd when it stampedes in pursuit of gain, for that is how gold becomes the Golden Calf.” — Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Covenant and Conversation
Many of us have extra time on our hands that we’d prefer not to have. People have lost their jobs, activities have been canceled, visits have been postponed, vacations are on hold. Regardless of your circumstances, everyone could use a Sabbath right about now.
You may feel like the last thing you want to do is rest, particularly if it’s been forced on you. But why not take this time as an opportunity? Some of you may want to work on long-delayed projects; others may want to do their spring cleaning early or clean out the refrigerator (ugh).
But for others, this is the ideal time to just stop. We tend to let life drive us, to nudge us into taking on too much, to move us to feeling overwhelmed. Instead, why not take at least some of this time to address Rabbi Sacks’ comments above?
- Who are you and how do you bring happiness to the world?
- What do you have to be thankful for?
- What can you do with this precious time you’ve been granted?
- What small acts can you offer for those around you?
You might be surprised by what you learn—about yourself and about life.Published in