What It’s Really All About?
At least once a year everyone should take time to reflect on life and how lucky we are to have been chosen to live out our lives.
Why we are here and what we should do with our opportunity to live our lives is something we should all think about and most of us just don’t take the time to think about it.
During the high holiday this year Jewish New Year, I had some time to think and reflect on what I should be concerned about for myself and what I should be concerned about for others.
And this year, maybe because I was more aware of the question, I was introduced to a prayer that embodied all the elements that we should concern ourselves with, when thinking about others. See if you agree.
“I pray for children who put chocolate fingers everywhere, who like to be tickled, who stop in puddles and ruin their new pants, who sneak popsicles before supper, who erase holes in math workbooks, who can never find their shoes.
And I pray for those who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire, who can’t bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers, who never “counted potatoes”, who are born in places in which we wouldn’t be caught dead, who never go to the circus, who live in an x-rated world.
I pray for children who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions, who sleep with the dog and bury goldfish, who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money, who cover themselves with band-aids and sing off-key, who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink, who slurp their soup.
And I pray for those who never get dessert, who have no safe blanket to drag behind them, who watch their parents watch them die, who can’t find any bread to steal, who don’t have any rooms to clean up, whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser, whose monsters are real.
I pray for children who spend all their allowance before Tuesday, who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food, who like ghost stories, who shove dirty clothes under the bed and never rinse out the tub, who love visits from the tooth fairy, who don’t like to be kissed in front of the school bus, who squirm in church or temple and scream in the phone.
And I pray for those whose nightmares come in the daytime, who will eat anything, who have never seen a dentist, who aren’t spoiled by anybody, who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep, who live and move and have no being.
I pray for children who want to be carried and for those who must, for those we never give up on and for those who will grab the hand of anyone kind enough to offer it.”
I believe that praying is the first step in the process which gets us to act – now. It brings us from the thinking stage to the doing stage. We should all start doing – now… and the best way to take action is to be the teacher – now. Become the role model – now. Start the sparks of hope for a better life in someone – now. And never, never forget “What it’s really all about”.