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Monday, January 16, 2006

Salvage Mission

Given we're all stuck somewhere for some reason.

There must be some level of spiritual growth that is accessible to me here in college.

Not learning to say
Thank you G-d, I am a Jew!
because college has taught to be supremely grateful that I am exempt from all the expectations and callous cruelties and narrow definitions. That I inhabit a world with very different laws.

Not Kiddush Hashem of various sorts because, well, while that's my schar, it's other people's growth.

Not merely surviving because that sure isn't living.

Real concrete spiritual growth, coming closer to G-d, the source of truth, good, love etc.

The question is.... How?

Min Ha'Maytzar Karati......

The problem truely is that this particular narrow bridge has seemed all too broad of late.


  • It has always been my experience that finding your purpose is harder than fullfilling it. My advice; stop looking for it and just live it, I think it will all show up soon enough. Maybe you already found it but you didn't notice because you were so busy looking. Everything will come together in one life changing second, then it will all seem so obvious you will wonder why you didn't see it before.

    By Blogger araya(uh-ray-uh), at 9:00 AM, January 17, 2006  

  • While I did study in college, I came home every day so I was sort of spared most of the challenges of being in there. Perhaps one way to get closer to G-D would be to observe the many people in your surroundings and perhaps find out that their lives, devoid of any true purpose and higher calling, are really sad, and that you being a Jew have been spared from this lot.

    By Blogger Pragmatician, at 10:42 AM, January 17, 2006  

  • Araya-
    I'm not looking for my absolute purpose in this existence. I want to know how I can use this particular situation to my advantage.

    I also live off campus and have a great roomate. I am very aware and very grateful that I don't have to live that life because I know no other but I want to grow and I refuse to consign these past 3 years to the trash heap without getting something more than serious motivation for Tzur M'ra.

    on the other hand, if I could really get that, I'd be doing preety well

    By Blogger Masmida, at 11:21 AM, January 17, 2006  

  • Masmida,the very fact that you search and yearn for a way to find spirituality in your life during these college years is enough to show just how special you are and so I think ultimately you have nothing to worry about. As long as there is 'want' you will get what you need. There may be more ups and downs than you care for but you will be ok. You are strong.

    By Blogger FrumGirl, at 11:27 AM, January 17, 2006  

  • Are you happy? Do you come home at the end of the day and feel accomplished? If the answer is yes then look around and see what makes you happy, what makes you feel accomplished. Once you find this you will see that the situation is entirely to your advantage.
    You are looking and so I am sure that you will find it. Meanwhile, stay happy, that is the least that you should get out of this.

    By Blogger araya(uh-ray-uh), at 7:03 PM, January 17, 2006  

  • Frumgirl- Thank you. Strength is the first thing I daven for every day.

    [smile] Thank you. I will remember that.

    By Blogger Masmida, at 8:18 PM, January 17, 2006  

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