October 13, 2019

A Moment in Time: Measuring our Lives by Opportunities

Dear all,
Jaeden’s Bar Mitzvah is coming up next week.  We were talking about the relative time it takes to do things, and we wanted to put it into life perspective.  So we each asked Siri how many minutes it had been since our respective birthdays.
Jaeden’s answer was much MUCH different than mine!
Of course, this whimsical diversion gave me pause…
25 million minutes (I’ll round down) since I was born.  25 million moments of opportunity!
Let’s be fair.  We’ll subtract 2 million for the first few years of my life.  That leaves 23 million.  We’ll now take 1/3 off of that number to allow for sleep.
That leaves 15.3 million minutes.
What have I done with them?
Moments of joy.  Moments of difficulties.  Moments of gratitude. Moments of fear.  Moments of connection.  Moments of loneliness. Moments of pride.  Moments of potential.  Moments in time.
There’s no way to determine the number of moments moving forward.   So we focus our future, capturing moments that will make a difference in the world!
With love and shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro

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