As I sat down to take my 15 minute daily nature break from my busy schedule, a promise that I made to myself after I received a life changing birthday gift which I will explain later, I received an inspiration to write this post.
Yes, I’m busy because mostly I work from home and am totally thankful and blessed doing that. I was never into labels. They don’t do anything for me. I like creating my own style. I like pretty things and looking good, and that’s about it. I don’t need much more than my small home, my small back yard, my amazing family, and my caring-loving-through thick & thin friends. Therefore, quarantining really wasn’t a huge change for me except for the fact that every time I have to go to Publix or Walgreens, I have to put on a mask and gloves what my son David refers to as looking like a Ninja Turtle. Anyway, I want to get to the point of what came to mind today.
I sat there for 15 minutes “having nothing to do” as Dr. Seuss would put it. For me to learn to sit still for some quiet “me” time (and I mean just me and nature - that was what was commanded to me - no telephone, no interruptions for 15 minutes) was extremely difficult to do because a) I’m a multi-tasker wearing a hundred (or perhaps more, I lost count, but super-women will understand me,) different hats and am always looking for something to do as I have shpilkis in my tuches (non Yiddish speakers look that up...) b) Suddenly, I lost my train of thought and don’t remember what it is, ( it’s starting to happen a lot lately, am I starting to go down the age cliff or do I have too much on my mind or both)🤔 Oh yeah, I remember b was important and that’s why I quickly forgot it. “B” was having to take quiet time for myself. Something I never learned how to do because I always put myself last always being a daughter, wife, mother, sister, niece, friend... first. And that my friends is a big No No.
Now to the point... You know me and my stories but that’s just me.
So as I sat there in my humble little back yard, next to my humble little house, I stared at the beautiful blue sky, the trees, the flowers, the bushes, the green grass, the birds flying & chirping, the butterflies circling, (it’s still before dusk so there were no annoying mosquitos buzzing in my ears or biting my ankles,) I realized what a beautiful world we live in and how lucky we are to be a part of it. I realized how bad we have been to it and how unappreciative of everything that was created for us. I realized how arrogant we have been and how much we have taken this beautiful world for granted with our holier than Thou attitude.
And most of all I realized that this beautiful world needed a rest from us. This beautiful world needed some peace and quiet time from us hustling, humming, and buzzing in its stillness all the time. We have been destructive to it in all sense of the word, physically, spiritually, financially.... Now, if we look around us, it’s as if the entire world is standing still except from all the poor people getting sick all over.
We needed a rude awakening! We needed a brick on our head and a hard slap on our face!
Who do we think we are?! We don’t rule the world. We are nothing! We have the real Ruler above us! He commands and rules everything that happens in the world. We are just simple dust on earth. We came from dust and we will return to dust.
And G-d, the highest spirit, can blow us, the dust, in the wind like we are nothing. And He has totally proven that with locking us up in our homes now.
Wake up people!!
Some people say that this is the end of days and/or the time of Mashiach! What Mashiach? What arrogance do we have to even think that we are worthy?!! Who do we think that we are?!! Are we ready to receive and greet him? Are we deserving of him?! What have we done to merit him?! What kindness have we shown each other in this world to make him want to come to a place like this?
Look around you?! All we do is fight! People fight. Families fight. Neighbors fight. Friends fight. States don’t get along. Governments don’t get along. Politicians don’t get along. Countries don’t get along.... This one doesn’t like that one because he’s wearing the wrong color suit... Coveting... Looting... Thievery... Terror... Abuse... Evil... Who are we to judge anyone?!
When I watch videos of “religious ultra orthodox” people in their black & white suits (this is their garb to wear until the Mashiach comes because they are in mourning over the loss of the Temple,)
coughing, spitting, and sneezing on their kind, who they believe are not their own kind because they are dressed in a “different uniform” and their faith in Hashem may be different but ultimately the same, yet all these poor people are doing is trying to protect those who are trying to make them sick! This makes me cringe! Where’s the humanity and yiddushkite and being a simple human in all of this?! Where’s truth and justice? Look what we have done? Look how we messed this world up! We were sent to this world to make a tikun (to fix ourselves) and Tikun Olam (to fix the world). Instead, we have ruined it. 😢 Does Mashiach really want to come to a messed up world like this?! This world is a disgrace. Make it a better place.
What example are we setting for our children, for the future generations? We have to stop being arrogant. We have to stop thinking that we are better than everyone else. We must stop scrutinizing, criticizing and examining everything and everyone with a magnifying glass and a fine tooth comb. Let’s instead start loving, accepting, and caring for each other with all our individuality, separations, and differences. We are all entitled to that freedom. No wonder this is happening during the holiday of freedom. After all, it was G-d who made us and put each of us on earth the way we are. So, there must be a reason that each of us is the way he or she is. Once each of us does our tikun and our part of fixing the world and will make it a better place, then maybe it will be tempting for the Mashiach to come here and BH we will be deserving of him.
Let’s start looking at our reflection in the mirror and start with our on backyard where I sat today and reflected.
And this, my friends is what I got from giving myself the right and the entitled time of sitting quietly with myself in nature for 15 minutes which was a gift that I received that I will forever cherish till my own end of days from my children when they took me to a very unique place where I had learned that.
Love and Peace on Earth Soon,
Yours Truly, Irene (Iris) ❤️ 🙏🌏