My wife has this coming Sunday off and I was thrilled to learn that I could spend an entire day with her. When she saw Powell excited I was just to have time with her, she said, “I feel like it’s Shabbat!” I looked at her, and admitted that I did not quite understand what she meant. “You are rejoicing in the preciousness of time. Is that not what you do every Shabbat?”
She’s 100% right! I realized that the reason I was falling so far behind in so many areas was that I was not treating my time as precious. I was so busy that I forgot to spend a few seconds before learning, writing, thinking, to appreciate the preciousness of the time I was using for something productive.
I suspect that because I was not treating my time as precious that I was conveying a message to all the people who call, send e-mails, and ask for appointments that my time is not precious. The fault was not in them, but in me.
Is this not the message of the Counting of the Omer? We count each day and each week to remind ourselves of the preciousness of each moment in our lives. We count the seven year cycle of the Sabbatical year to remember and honor the preciousness of time. We count the seven cycles of the seven years to remember, appreciate, and honor, the preciousness of time.
When my children were younger I used to learn with each one every day. My wife pointed out that all I was doing was sending them a message that I would fit them into my schedule. I decided at that point to focus my attention on the preciousness of spending 30 min. with a child. When I began to approach the half hour as precious time rather than the fulfillmentof my obligation to teach Torah, my children responded in kind; they wanted to spend the time to gather. We connected in a way that enhanced our learning.
I wish each and every one of you a Shabbat that is precious in time; so precious that we remember to live with the awareness of the preciousness of each moment in our lives, and live a life in which every moment is a treasure.
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