On Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year, which is a time of personal reflection, the Rabbi told us a story (which I made into the attached cartoon) about the person, who when asked what he wanted to be–when he grew up–said “I want to be possible!” That’s the serious part.
And when asked “why possible? The person replies humorously because his mother always told him how impossible he is. 🙂
The short parable struck me as pretty profound and worth sharing.
Because everyday, each of us has to wake up and look ourselves in the mirror, and ask–are we happy with ourselves…who we are…what we have become? And is it really what we want to be, when we, proverbially, grow up?
In the movie Reckless, when they ask the teen growing up in the working class town what he wants out of life–he replies short and to point, “More!”
What more do we want out of our lives? More money, more honor, more things…at the end, that’s all sort of besides the point–isn’t it?
What is important is making more possibilities in life–for ourselves and for others by creating a better world.
In other words, it’s not about the material (although we all need to take basic care for ourselves and our loved ones–that’s just being responsible), but fundamentally, it’s about the opportunity to make the impossible, possible!
For each of us, the challenges are unique and all too often (G-d protect us!), life’s trials and tribulations test us to our very core–so overcoming impossibilities has a distinct meaning for all of us.
But as a strategist, a futurist, and an enterprise architect, I know deep down that the art of the possible is in looking forward and not backwards, and working tirelessly to sacrifice and serve.
I pray for the new year that G-d gives us the strength and the wisdom to overcome our personal and societal weaknesses, limitations, and selfish inclinations to help and “repair the world”–creating new opportunities for peace, health, and prosperity for all!
(Cartoon created in BitStrips)