Sometimes it seems like life moves so quickly that I miss opportunities in the rush of the daily grind. Like making that phone call to a friend who I know is lonely. Or apologizing for a potential slight inadvertently caused. Or sending a thank you card for a kindness done a few months ago.
In Pirkei Avos, the fourteenth saying in the first chapter is:
[Hillel] used to say: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?
Right. If not now, when? Later? When is later? For me, later is usually never. And sometimes never can be problematic, like if I run into someone who I’ve been meaning to call for a long, long, lonnnnnng time, then half the time I’m interacting with them, I’m feeling guilt for never calling. This happens more than I would like to admit.
So, the next time I’m putting something off for no good reason (’cause, really, I actually have at least two very good reasons things may not get done), I’m going to try, bli neder, to actually do it. Like writing this Torah Tuesdays post, even though Tuesday is almost over.