Different Strokes for Different Folks

Grateful for my 7 wonders; my view in isolation.
Grateful for my 7 wonders; my view in isolation.

When asked, people all around the world, will give different answers as to what they believe to be the 7 Wonders of the World. There are the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World and then there are the 7 Modern Wonders of the World.

Different strokes for different folks,” goes the old saying. Having been born and raised in the United States of America, the so called, greatest democracy of all time, and being raised with the knowledge that “Shivim Panim LaTorah,”  ״שבעים פנים לתורה״, there are 70 “faces” of Torah, it was only once I came on Aliyah and learned the words “Rosh Patuach,” ראש פתוח, open mind, did I finally, truly, begin to see life in a whole other light.

Some people love to travel, and when the skies open again, they will storm the airports. Israelis are known to love to travel the world. For me, a latecomer to my country of choice, I hesitate to leave it. When I must, my heartstrings tug and I feel the gravitational force pulling my soul back. If I could, upon landing back in Israel, my Homeland, I would kiss the ground.

When I think of the 7 Wonders of God’s World, especially during these uncertain times we live in, what immediately comes to my mind are my 5 senses:
1. my sight
2. my hearing
3. my touch
4. my taste
5. my smell,
and two other abilities, which God has lovingly bestowed on mankind, made my top seven list:
6. my ability to think/reason/learn
7. my ability to love

It is because of these 7 wonders, that God so lovingly bestowed upon me, that I can be content and grateful every day.

I can remember that “life owes me nothing!”

I can be, ever so patient, as many in this country are rushing back to a new “normal.”

I will stay put.

I am grateful for the amazing volunteers, who offer to shop for me or run an errand. I am in the “high risk” category and I value my life way too much to play Russian Roulette with this virus.

As far back as I can remember, I had always placed expectations on life, and especially on the people in my life. Probably way too many Disney Princess movies. It was my default way of being.

The illusion I had, was that life should at least, be fair and just, and it kept me stuck and dissatisfied.

When I was finally able to let go of the expectations of how life “should” be, or how I “wanted” life to be, or how I “believed” the God, I love, fear, and have ABSOLUTE faith in, would conduct the world HE created, I finally realized that all the answers, I was looking for, were right here, inside of me, all along.

When you can use your “Wonders,” and open your eyes, open your ears, open your heart, and open your mind, you can be transformed and the answers will come.

At least they did for me……….

About the Author
Hadar Sela, American by birth, Israeli by choice, living in Ashkelon, Southern Israel, survivor of a Hamas terrorist rocket attack, “Living Deliberately” Life Coach, committed to living life consciously each and every day.
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