As Shavuot approaches and we celebrate when the Torah was given to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3300 years ago, we also renew our acceptance of G‑d’s gift, and G‑d “re-gives” the Torah.
We must remember that this gift encompasses the blissful times and also the very difficult challenges we face.
As Rabbi Nachman of Breslov reminds us, we are never given a challenge that we don’t have the resources to handle. We must approach climbing the mountains ahead of us with faith, acceptance, strength. Although it is sometimes very painful, it is only once we get to the top of the mountain that we can truly be free!
I received a nice quote by email recently:
There is only one thing that can put you further ahead than success, and that is surviving failure.
When you are successful, you are whole and complete. That is wonderful, but you cannot break out beyond your own universe.
When you fail, you are broken. You look at the pieces of yourself lying on the ground and say, “This is worthless.”
Now you can escape. The shell is broken.