How I learned from my mistake

Last year, I wrote about our family vacation in Nantucket and regretted it as soon as I published it. I knew immediately why people who write weekly columns take vacations and don’t share anything during that time. They go where they go, enjoy what they enjoy, and come back recharged and reinvigorated.

But writing this blog is hugely invigorating for me. I don’t want to miss a week.

There’s only one problem.

I thought I would have more of an inclination to write while here in Nantucket again this year. Isn’t nature supposed to be inspiring? Shouldn’t relaxation lead to fresh ideas? But for some reason, it’s taking me twice as long to write half as much. And I’m not going to make the same mistake of writing anything about vacationing that could possibly be construed as a complaint.

(To read what I posted from Nantucket last summer, click here.)

So, for now, I’ll dip into my supply of Things I Think, the collection of musings I was inspired to write after reading so many tear-off calendars. (It was in Nantucket, I think — where else but on vacation would I take the time to read these things?)

I shared my first eight during the holiday of Passover, one for each night. Here are eight more, eight because it represents what is beyond the natural order of seven (like the seven days of the week). Eight represents the Jewish people because we are beyond nature — there is no natural explanation for our continued existence.

1) What happens to us is not as important as what we do with what happens to us.

2) To improve physically, we have to push ourselves beyond what is comfortable and do what is difficult. To improve spiritually requires the same effort.

3) Who would be interested in being attached to a semi-powerful deity? Either God is everything or He is nothing. If He’s nothing, then what are we?

4) The view from atop a tall building is breathtaking. If we rise above spiritually, the view is better there, too.

5) In the end, the lessons that stay with us the longest are the ones we learn the hard way.

6) If you want to see Godliness, open your eyes and look at your eyeballs.

7) Never say never. (#nantucketfacebookcilantro.)

8) The Torah idea that Jews are “chosen” was loathsome to many non-Jews throughout past generations. How did it become loathsome to many Jews in this generation?

About the Author
Lieba Rudolph, her husband, Zev, and their young family returned to observant Jewish life when they were both over thirty. Now, after spending equal time in both worlds, she shares the joys and challenges of her journey, answering everyone's unasked question: why would anyone normal want to become religious?