03 May WE ALWAYS NEED TO KEEP GOING
The Mishnah teaches us in Pirkei Avot (1:13), ףיסי†ףיסומ†אלד†– “one who does not increase, diminishes.”
In other words, if we are not moving forward, then we are moving backwards. If we are not rising upwards, then we’re falling downward.
“I†watched†as†they†tried†to†climb¨†and†I†saw†what†they†were†doing†wrongÆ†They†all†at one point looked down, and got scared or confused, and fell down. So I decided that when I climbed, I would not look down at all. I just looked up, and I made it all the wayÆ”
“My†son¨”†the†Rebbe†said¨†“you†just†explained†to†me†the†story†of†lifeÆ†As†we†climb¨†we should never look down. We shouldn’t look at those who are doing less than we are. This†will†pull†us†downÆ†We†should†look†only†upward, at how much more we can still accomplish.
The†answer†is†that†each†year¨†we†are†meant†to accomplish something which we didn’t accomplish†the†previous†yearÆ†Each†month¨†we are meant to accomplish something which we didn’t accomplish the previous monthÆ†Each†week¨†we†are†meant†to†accomplish something which we didn’t accomplish the†previous†weekÆ†And†each†day¨†we†are†meant to accomplish something which we didn’t†accomplish†the†previous†dayÆ
Hashem doesn’t keep us in this world to continue†doing†the†same†thingÆ†Each†day¨†and even each moment, we are to do something new, something better, something greater than what we’ve done until now. We always†have†something†new†to†accomplishÆ†What we’ve done until now isn’t good enough.
This†is†why†life†always†requires†us†to†learn new skills and develop new habits. What works for a person when he is single doesn’t work when he is married. What works†for†a†couple†before†they†have†children†doesn’t work once the have children. What works†when†they†have†young†children†doesn’t work when their children are grown. In†the†professional†world¨†too¨†we†constantly†need to change and adapt. Business practices that†were†effective†20†years†ago¨†or†even†10†years†ago¨†are†not†necessarily†effective†nowÆ†This is how Hashem created the world, in order†to†ensure†that†we†fulfill†our†unique†purpose†at†every†stage†of†lifeÆ†We†constantly†need to change and learn, because we constantly†have†new†goals†to†achieveÆ
Let†us¨†then¨†never†be†afraid†to†change¨†to†learn†something†new¨†to†try†a†new†approach¨†or to shift gears. This is what we need to do to†guarantee†that†we†fulfill†our†mission†and†realize the purpose for which we are here at each†and†every†moment.