What A Climb!

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So I bought one these climbers–this one very colorful–to hang on one of my walls. 


I like the image of climbing and overcoming–with G-d’s help–whatever obstacle is in our path.


It’s not easy to climb and keep climbing, because the higher you go, the thinner the air, the more tired you get, and the further you have to fall!


But what I also realized about the image of the climber is that if you turn it on it’s side, then the same person who is climbing…is now crawling. 


What at times in life can be a beautiful climb up, at other times can be any of us on all fours. 


There is no easy path straight up, although there is definitely one that can go straight down!


Sometimes, we are vertical–living and working hard trying to achieve something. 


And other times, we are horizontal–resting, asleep, or even in a hospital bed fighting for our lives just to survive another moment or day.


When we climb, we may literally be trying to conquer mountains.


But when you crawl, you may literally be on the ground begging for mercy.


Climbing and crawling are really not that far apart in terms about 90 degrees and how quickly change can happen and a person goes from an upward trajectory to a more devastating one. 


Some things to keep in mind…anchor your feet solidly and hold on to that rope tightly and even for dear life. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Who Will Help?


This is an awesome video that has gone viral.



A social experiment with hidden camera filming of a homeless child freezing on the streets of Manhattan…



See the people just walking on by–completely ignoring or plain unaffected by the suffering taking place literally right next to them. 



Where is the compassion of the people?



Many are just rushing by, chatting away, and/or carrying fancy filled bags from nearby shopping excursions.



The bystanders walk past and practically over this boy’s shivering body lying in ragged shirt, without a coat, and lying half inside a big black garbage bag on the street. 



I imagined G-d looking down on this extreme callousness of his creations ignoring the suffering of this boy and being quite upset. 



Perhaps, there are unfortunately so many people now homeless , hungry, and begging in the streets that our minds and hearts have simply learned to “tune it out.”



The ending is really amazing…when the one person who comes over to care for the poor boy is a black homeless man–who ends up taking off his own coat and gives it to the child. 



May G-d open our eyes to the pain of our brethren and grant us compassionate hearts to sincerely care one for each other. 😉

Homeless In DC

Homeless in DC
The plight of the homeless in DC, the nation’s capital, continues unabetted. 



People homeless and hungry stumble down the steets with their carts of worldy possessions or sit on the corners begging for someone to help them. 



As these destitute and desperate souls look for some shelter, warmth, a place to rest, some clean clothes, medical care, or simply something to eat, they pass almost like ghosts throughtout the city. 



Most people running (late) to the office, seem to barely extend a glance as they sidestep and shuffle past these people, who I remember one unsavory colleague calling them, “human waste.”



But these are G-d creatures, down on their luck, and they could be any one of us!



Does the city and the people, the powerful of the nation, have the heart to help those in need? 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)