A moment in time

A weekly reminder from Rabbi Shapiro that a change in perspective can shift the focus of our day - and even our lives.

Rabbi Shapiro is a weekly blog contributor to the Jewish Journal where he shows how the simplest of daily experiences can become the most meaningful of life's blessings. All it takes is a moment in time. Read the latest entry here, and click below for past articles.

A Moment in Time:

Decluttering Our Lives

October 11 2018/ 2 Cheshvan  5779


Dear all,

I didn't fully realize it until yesterday morning...  You see, every time I opened my closet door, an avalanche of stuff would explode into the room.  I did this so often that it was normalized.

But when I found that I no place to store important treasures because of the clutter, I opened my eyes. I spent the next few hours culling.  It felt really good.  But what about removing clutter makes us feel better?

There is a lesson from a 13th Century Jewish text called, "Sefer HaChinuch/ The Book of Teaching": Our external surroundings have a huge impact on how we feel inside.

I thought of this teaching and realized: When we free ourselves from the slavery of clutter, we can more easily focus on our lives:

Do we make time for what matters?

Have we surrounded ourselves with good people?

Are we nourishing our days with art, music, literature, and culture?

Is there space for prayer and meditation, exercise and well-being?

Cleaning my closet did NOT take a moment in time!  But the hours of labor allowed for a moment of rebirth of my spirit.

With love and shalom,

Rabbi Zach Shapiro