This week’s parsha explores how we get things done.
A group of Russian peasants are sitting in a bar, discussing how much they admire the Czar and what they would offer him to express the extent of their love.
“I’d give all the gold and silver I own!” says Vladimir. “I’d give him my entire estate!” exclaims Boris. “Hey, what about those beautiful horses you ride?” asks Vladimir.
“My horses?” responds Boris. “Nah…I wouldn’t give those–why, the Czar deserves much more!”
How often do you feel like Boris–brilliantly inspired to take action–but when theory becomes reality, unwilling to actually make the move?
Inspiration is an incredible thing provided that it is channeled properly; and remembering that inspiration is a means to a goal–and not a goal in itself–is critical to our accomplishments in life.
The children of Aaron, the High Priest, struggled with this very issue. They had seen their father’s love and dedication in the Temple, and they were driven with a similar passion; their challenge, however, was that they desired to remain in a state of inspiration, rather than use their fervor to bring to action.
Indeed, the Russian peasant was inspired, but alas, his motivation didn’t hit home.
Let’s take this timeless lesson to heart and endeavor to channel our ambition in a way that really grounds us, in a manner that leads us to demonstrate our emotions through actual deed.
The next time you’re riding on inspiration, don’t get carried away with the flight…gear up for a safe landing!