The following story is told by Rabbi Kalman Packouz, a well known author and lecturer for the Jewish educational website Aish.com. I share it with you because it touched me deeply and hope it will do the same for you.
The story is told of a class of students who were requested to write their list for the modern day “Seven Wonders of the World.” Many of the students included: 1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids 2. Taj Mahal 3. Petra 4. The Panama Canal 5. Empire State Building 6. Machu Picchu 7. The Great Wall of China 8. Chichen Itza (a Mayan pyramid) 9. Roman Coliseum.
One girl was slow to turn in her list. When queried by the teacher, she replied, “There are so many — I think the “Seven Wonders of the World” are: 1. to see 2. to hear 3. to touch 4. to taste 5. to feel 6. to laugh and 7. to love.”
On that note, I thought the following piece (author unknown) would be uplifting and worth sharing:
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them — work, family, health, friends and spirit — and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls — family, health, friends and spirit — are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same.
You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. How? Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special. Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you. Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life. Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying. Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each other. Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings. Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated and to give love to one’s family. Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
Don’t use time or words carelessly. The hurtful things you say cannot be taken back. Neither time nor words can be retrieved. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift;
that’s why we call it the present.