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Taking the Next Step

Thursday, 4 May, 2017 - 11:35 am

I assume it’s a pretty common scenario.

Somebody's walking life’s path, oblivious to his own benign neglect, when suddenly...boom! He hits his 'brick wall'.

Maybe it’s a family member or an accountant, perhaps a client or an employer; somebody perceives the truth and yells “Stop! This can't continue; something needs to change.”

It feels like an unpleasant, jarring disruption to life's rhythm.

It’s also an important wake-up call. And even though it’s painful, the stress can serve as productive energy, propelling us out of our rhythm’s gravitational pull.

In a way, it’s our personal Passover story.

We each have our own ‘Egypt’ - our own counter-productive habits which stifle our growth.

When we’re fortunate, our ‘Moses’ – our conscience, spouse or friend – helps us recognize our pattern, catalyzing us to urgently ‘leave [our] Egypt in haste.”

In this sense, the word ‘Pass-Over’ also refers to the liberating leap from a spiritually constricted life to a visionary, conscious one.

But what about the times when I’m not escaping an Egypt? When things seem just fine? When I feel no friction and face no brick walls?

Then, I face a different danger: Complacency. When I feel that I’m on a good path, I’m more likely to put my life on auto-pilot. I can relax; if I’m not being chased, why run?

Because when I’m on ‘auto-pilot’, I float along with life’s current, without the initiative to go quicker and further. Because when I’m on ‘auto-pilot’, I’m without the healthy anxiety, the butterflies in my stomach, that accompany a quantum leap forward.

My life deserves more.

We shouldn’t only grow to escape the pain, we should grow because we have great potential and a beautiful destiny.

So the Torah gives me an exercise called ‘The Second Passover’ (‘Pesach Sheini’ in Hebrew) and it’s about finding the strength to ‘Pass-Over’, to leap forward in my life even when I’m comfortable where I am. The day is about me taking the opportunity to consider where my life is going RIGHT, and finding the strength, vision and humility to make go even MORE RIGHT.

This coming Wednesday, May 10 (Iyar 14), is the Second Passover. Mark it on your calendar so you can have a piece of Matzah and think about your life’s potential.

Choose a growth-objective.

Pass-Over your own complacency.

Because finding Freedom isn’t only about leaving captivity; it’s about taking a leap forward.

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