(I’m plagued by everything from tragedies in the news to the more every-day life-stresses. I’ve written the following as an expression of frustration and hope)
What’s plaguing you?
You know, those crumbs stuck in the recesses of your mind sitting there, slowly rotting, threatening to infect your better self.
Pharoah, the wicked King of Egypt, just doesn’t get it. It takes no less than ten seriously nasty plagues before finally grasping the concept of change (and even then he was quick to fall back on his old ways).
Pharoah’s actions are the epitome of Einstein’s well-known definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. His hardened heart not only harmed others but his loved ones as well.
Consider how often we are guilty of hardening our own hearts because we hurt, are insecure, angry, jaded, fearful and weary. The red flag waves.
We too must learn the same lesson repeatedly before it sinks in. Are we listening to what our lives tell us again and again? Do we heed the signs hidden or glaring? Do we exercise our empathic muscle when we interact with others?
Many times, mental cobwebs cloud those messages and hinder our objectivity. The status-quo may obscure the path to any possible change. One fundamental reason we flounder and stumble: we lack the skills to make even a small step toward redirection. We simply don’t know how. We’re stuck.
According to the Passover story, the enslaved make a break for it and grab the one opportunity they have for freedom. Squandering it could cost them their lives. The yeast may not rise but they themselves would–to the challenge presented.
Luckily, we don’t have to move as fast. However, the decision to rid ourselves of crumbs, literal or metaphorical, should be made. The journey may be never-ending. We are a work in progress.