A Bisl Torah

I’m really ready

When your child is in zoom school, the silver lining is watching them participate in class. The last few days, the kindergarten practiced their end of the year song, belting out:

The future’s lookin’ good to me.
I’m ready to go! I’m ready to go!
Yeah, the future’s lookin’ good to me.
I am ready as I can be.
My time has come. I’m on my way.
I’m really ready. This is the day.
I worked so hard to make it so. Now I’m ready. I’m ready to go!

Tears formed when I heard my son repeat the words…I’m really ready. I couldn’t help but wonder, are any of us really ready to face what the future is throwing at us? To ease the pain of many moments, we often use the phrase, “This too shall pass.” But I am using the phrase way too often and praying with much vigor, that all of this: the isolation, confusion, hatred, anger, belittling, narrow-mindedness, and bullying passes very quickly. Passes long before my kindergartner steps forward into a world filled with contention and rage.

But as that reality does not currently exist, perhaps my prayers should look different. Stop praying that “this too shall pass” and instead, consider the following prayer:

“Dear God, help me create a home that looks like a microcosm of the world you intended. A world in which we pause before we speak. A world in which we hold someone with their tears even if we don’t understand a word they are saying. A world in which our children understand that kindness is valued more than competition or wealth. A world in which we see each other, cultivating a deep conviction to work against complacency and indifference.”

The kindergartners will sing their song with pride and eagerness. And they are as ready as they can be, exuding compassion gleaned within their classroom.

But the task is on us. We must create a world that is ready to accept their light and their love. One home, one family, one person at a time. Let us not pray that we wake up tomorrow and the world looks different. Rather, let us pray that we learn how to wake up tomorrow, ready to change the world.

Yeah, the future’s lookin’ good to me.
I am ready as I can be.

Shabbat Shalom

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