Marty’s Shabbat Message – August 6, 2020

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

While I am sure the fallout of the pandemic has affected people differently, this week I took notice of a few people I know who have lost jobs and whose futures are very much “up in the air”. For others, it has been knowing people who have become ill with coronavirus and for others still, knowing people who have died from the disease.

While I would not rank it among my all-time favorite movies, I will say that I really enjoyed the movie Bruce Almighty, a 2003 religious comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman. What affected me the most was the idea that we receive signs all the time but often just fail to see or hear them.

So today, as I was thinking about what I was going to focus this message on, I opened myself up to receiving some inspiration and sure enough, as often happens, I came across an article, recently sent to me by a colleague, that I think is just right for this moment. The article, from Korn Ferry, is titled “Disappointment and Negativity or Hope and Positivity? It’s a Choice – Our Choice!” The essence of the article is that what happened last quarter no longer matters. We are in a new day – the game has been reset for everyone. So, rather than focusing on what’s not happening, we need to make things happen. Learning becomes our oxygen to fuel self-improvement. Along the way, there will always be things we cannot control – whether an opponent or a pandemic. But there are things we can control, such as our decisions and our goals. As Olympic runners know, it’s all about “focusing on your own lane”.

This week’s Torah portion is Eikev (Because), in Deuteronomy, the 5th and final book of the 5 books of Moses. In this portion, Moses explains to the people that their 40 years in the desert, during which G-d sustained them with daily portions of manna from heaven, was to instruct them “that man does not live on bread alone but by the utterance of G-d’s mouth does man live”. We are also reminded not to begin to believe that “my power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth”.

So, Bruce Almighty, this week’s Torah portion and the very useful article from Korn Ferry (thank you, Debbie Smith), remind us that there are things we can control and many we cannot. It is our responsibility to “stay in our lane” while being positive and opening ourselves up to hearing and seeing the gifts that are often just out there waiting to be noticed and embraced.

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.

Light candles on Friday at 7:03pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 8:00pm.

 

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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