Keeping Busy


Keeping busy
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

On my way back from the health food store this morning, I encountered a large yellow jacket that landed on my shirt. Perhaps, at such a close proximity, the insect seemed extremely large. I wound up having to untuck my shirt, to shake off the potentially dangerous menace. Then, I ran into my apartment in a flurry of pathos, still fearing for my safety. If G-d does have a sense of humour, as some people say, although, I never thought so, perhaps, He was at least smiling at that moment, saying to Himself, “I knew that would get his attention.”

Whenever a bee buzzes nearby, my childlike mind often draws a simplistic connection, that the message for me is to keep “beesy.” In other words, it is as if a reminder is being given to me, through one of G-d’s creatures, that I have certain tasks to perform that day. With the appearance of a giant yellow-jacket, the message may be something more like, “Get your act in gear, right away.” The corresponding verse from scripture might be “‘Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep’— so shall thy poverty come” (Proverbs 6:10, JPS 1917 Tanach).

Yet, I woke up at four a.m.; I was out of the apartment by 6:15 a.m. for the morning service at 6:45 a.m.; and, I did all of my readings after the service, while still at synagogue, before returning to my apartment. I then took it upon myself to revise my several self-imposed weekly writing tasks, before going out to the health food store. I guess the natural messenger from the air was meant for me not to take a complacent view, as if I could rest on my laurels for the week. I still have at least 3-5 writing projects that have been on “the back burner,” so to speak, for months. Time to get in gear, excel beyond my sluggish pace, and stop collecting dust.

Published by Tzvi Fievel

I am a Jewish ba'al teshuvah, having been redirected in life by my belief and practice. I have a B.A. in Psychology and another B.A. in English. Also, I am certified as a pyschophysical re-educator. At current, I am focusing on my writing.

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