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Minute 1001 // Not Now


TODAY'S MESSAGE IS DEDICATED
IN HONOR OF THE BERIT MILLAH OF
YEHOSHUA BEN ABRAHAM
SON OF ALBERT E AND ROSIE SHAMAH
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PARENTS AND THEIR EXTENDED FAMILIES
MAY THEY SEE MUCH PLEASURE FROM THEIR NEW SON AS HE GROWS INTO A MAN.

TONIGHT MONDAY SEPT 22nd
RABBI RAYMOND BEYDA
RETURNS TO SHAARE ZION
LAST CHANCE TO HEAR HIM
 BEFORE ROSH HASHANAH
MEN AND WOMEN INVITED 
9 PM SHARP

      It’s not so easy to get started on a typical Monday morning. The changes in sleep patterns that usually occur over a weekend upset the body clock so that even the simplest forward movement is difficult. The tension that builds into positive energy during a typical work week dissipates over the weekend and does not automatically re-form simply because it is time to get back to work. In fact, human efficiency is so low on Mondays that in the old assembly-line days of automobile production (in the pre-robot era), folk wisdom advised against buying cars built on a Monday!

There are some people, however, who find it difficult to move anytime, every day. This difficulty does not come from body clock maladjustment, but rather from a simple personality weakness: laziness. The symptoms are clear. “Not now” or “In a few minutes” are their responses to any request for action. Laziness prevents success, and lost opportunities accumulate as these indolent individuals sit idly by—spectators in the game of life, rather than active participants. Every opportunity or challenge is delayed rather than met and overcome, creating a catalogue of failures that these people just can’t understand. They will blame the unhappy results on bad luck or any other of an assortment of “causes”—so long as the blame is not placed on their own laziness.

When you just don’t feel like doing something now, take a moment to analyze your response. It won’t take long to pinpoint the reason for your delay. If, by any stretch of the imagination, it is possibly based on a foundation of indolence rather than caution, remember the words of our Sages (Pirke Avot 1:14): “If not now—when?”


 


CONSIDER THIS FOR A MINUTE


The greatest difference between the human being and all other creations is the human being’s ability to reason, reach conclusions, and speak. These are the areas where attention should be paid to maximize the gift and not squander the favor.



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