from the bottom of our hearts
I don't get to see my little niece as often as I'd like.
So when I do, we play puzzles. And we always play the same puzzle. Because puzzles are mamesh the deepest in the world.
You don't have to be the same to be together. Every piece has a special purpose.
Someone said to me this past Shabbos, Sabbath, that he's been feeling this lingering void in his life.
It doesn't make any sense, he says. "I've been praying and learning, I give charity, I even call my parents once in a while." To feel a void, to still feel so empty. Why?
And I'm putting together this puzzle along with my little niece, pointing out the differences in each and every piece. And we realize that we're missing one.
And then we have to go. And we're done but we're not done. And are we ever?
We've done everything we can and it's still not complete.
To use this feeling of emptiness to springboard into deeper levels of intention, more prayer, more mindfulness.
For the voids in our life, the empty spaces, the pieces that feel unclear.
To open up new gates in our mind and heart, fill them with infinite light, new wonder.
To add new meaning to the same puzzle we do every day. The same old prayer and the same old words, but with new meaning. A different niggun.
Next time I'm with my close friend I speak from the bottom of my heart. I'm going to mean it when I say "I love you" to my father.
When I see my niece I focus on how much I love her with every puzzle piece.
I want new moments, new meaning. Lets search for the new pieces every day.
Lchayim to becoming deeper
~ From the bottom of our hearts to the bottom of yours ~