November 19, 2018

A Moment in Time: When You Are #93 in Line

Dear all,
#93 … Each of us has been there at the deli counter.  Mind you, the ticket display was at 55 when I chose my number, so it wasn’t starting from zero.  But I still had a long wait before me.
It was nerve-wracking.  There were many, MANY places I would have rather been, and I was not happy.
But then something extraordinary happened.  The truth is, it really wasn’t all that extraordinary.  In fact, what unfolded was pretty normal and routine.
I heard a baby laugh.
I heard another baby cry.
I saw a man reach for something on a high shelf for another man.
I smelled the fresh bread baking at the next counter.
I tasted the free samples of cheese.
I spoke with the person, the stranger, next to me in line.
I focussed on my breathing.
Sure, these are all everyday things.  But for a moment in time, I was receptive to the world unfolding before me!  And it changed my focus.  Thank you, God, for reminding me the treasures that come with being #93
With love and Shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro
 

A change in perspective can shift the focus of our day – and even our lives.  We have an opportunity to harness “a moment in time,” allowing our souls to be both grounded and lifted.  This blog shows how the simplest of daily experiences can become the most meaningful of life’s blessings.  All it takes is a moment in time.
 
Rabbi Zach Shapiro is the Spiritual Leader of Temple Akiba, a Reform Jewish Congregation in Culver City, CA.  He earned his B.A. in Spanish from Colby College, and his M.A.H.L. from HUC-JIR.  He was ordained from HUC-JIR – Cincinnati, in 1997.