I recently sat in a meeting where we had the ability to set a vision for a program that would impact the Jewish world. We put no budgetary constraints or limits to what could impact this vision. At the conclusion of the meeting, each participant went around and recited “I wonder if….”
Our true vision occurs when we do not confine our minds to what could be. Yet, we know, in reality, we are faced with what is. Tomorrow evening, we begin Tisha B’Av, commemorating the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem. The prophet Isaiah teaches that our offerings have become a burden to God, and our prayers will not be heard! We must wash ourselves clean, and learn to do good. In essence, Isaiah is asking for a vision meeting.
It is too easy to be a pessimist in this world, persuaded by the headlines. Yet, imagine if our vision was persuaded by the blessings surrounding us; the small acts of kindness we see strangers perform, the simple exchange of a greeting on the street. For when we set that vision, perhaps one day those “I wonder” moments will actualize in front of our eyes.