January 20, 2019

A Moment in Time: What Defines Success?

Dear all,
Last Sunday the Akiba Angels, Temple Akiba’s softball team, won the game in t Synagogue Softball league semi-finals!  I cheered as the batter sent the ball across the diamond.
As I know little to nothing about baseball/ softball, I consulted Rabbi Google to learn about batting averages.
It turns out that a seasonal batting average of .300 is considered excellent.
In most other disciplines, this average would be failing.
So often, we measure our own success in ways that may not be relevant.  Do we measure it in numbers?  In grades?  In assets?  Do we measure it by popularity or by “Likes” on social media?
Or do we measure it by personal growth and wisdom gained?
Others may define your success in life with false benchmarks.  But you….  You should remember to take a moment in time to focus on the elements that matter most.  And only you can define what those are.
With love and Shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro

Photo by Jeremy Gimbel

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 in 1992, and his M.A.H.L. from HUC-JIR in 1996.  He was ordained from HUC-JIR – Cincinnati, in 1997.