Oooahh, there is nothing like having a couple of days off the evil internet to start to regain some optimism and joie de vivre again.
Here’s what I did yesterday:
- Volunteered for 2 hours a local school’s garden in Jerusalem
- Wrote up something deep and meaningful on how to forgive people who have really hurt us, for spiritualselfhelp.org
- Went for three hours to ‘paint me pottery’ with my husband and teenage kids – we all had the best time. And my two teens even left their phones behind for the occasion, unprompted, which was stoo-pen-dous.
- Spent two hours painting a picture of the Rav.
- Spent an hour walking around and smelling the roses, literally and figuratively, need to where I live.
- Swept the huge dust balls off the floor, hung up some washing, did some washing up and generally tidied the house.
- Exercised twice – some stretching, and then some energy exercises.
I went to bed feeling stoo-pen-dous!
I got so much done that wasn’t just sitting here typing.
I also had some ‘space’ in my head to think, and here’s some of the thoughts that bubbled up:
- I need to start writing proactively again, instead of re-acting to everything that’s going on, or not going on.
- I need to stop writing about geula stuff, even though it’s mamash unfolding before our eyes. People are falling into yeoush and despair left, right and centre, and hitting them over the head with ‘reality’ is not going to help anyone at this point.
- Unity is the thing to focus on – even the Queen was talking about it in her speech. “One must have achudus at this difficult time, and stop hating one’s selfish, retarded jerk of a neighbor.” I’m paraphrasing, natch.
I need to go back to writing creatively about life as a believing Jewish woman living in Israel. That means getting on the second volume of the Secret Diary of a Jewish Housewife – but doing it with a twist. I’m currently working with Alizah, the very talented fiction editor from SassonMag.com to turn the raw material from the blog into something that’s actually a good read, as a book.
It’s time to make a new start – again!
I know I write about that a lot, but I just saw something on the RavBerland.com website that really underlined for me again how important it is to just keep starting over again when things aren’t going how we want.
Every day is a new creation, that’s what the Rav says! The path of Breslov is to just keep sweetening, and reassuring, and strengthening and picking ourselves up from the bottom of the pit, over and over again.
And not to get stuck in all the doom and gloom.
Man, I keep getting stuck in that myself, and probably I’ll get sidetracked again in the future. But then I just have to try to pull it back faster, and start over again.
Life is good!
So, that’s what I got from my day off the evil internet, and it was so useful, BH I want to have at least one ‘internet-free’ day a week now.
With God’s help.