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.

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