Are Ya Doing Your Life’s Homework Assignments?

I want to share a story a friend told me. She’s been down in the dumps for a while and on New Year’s Eve, she held an 8-month-old baby born to a drug-addicted woman. My friend wrote me, “I held this baby, humming to her and watching her drift off to sleep…It really moved me to realize that as the ball dropped I was gazing at this beautiful child who started 2014 in tremendous pain through no fault of her own and by the grace of God found a new start…”

The people who cross our path are there for a reason. My friend held that baby and learned a spiritual lesson. We don’t always understand the boulders we’re meant to carry, the fjords we’re meant to cross, the mountains we must climb.

And like that little baby, we’ll all have our share of sorrows and challenges. Maybe not that extreme, of course, but we each have ups and downs: they’re part of our life’s story. It’s up to us to find a way to see the spiritual lessons within each experience. That’s our homework. There are no shortcuts to feeling better. But every day, we can do one thing to take care of ourselves, just like my friend comforted that little baby.

Being aware and trying to live our lives as fully as possible is our daily assignment.


About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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3 Responses to Are Ya Doing Your Life’s Homework Assignments?

  1. juliabarrett says:

    It’s a good assignment.

  2. This is a perfect “assignment” for the new year, Diana. We may not like the game we’re facing, but when we step up to the plate it can make a surprising difference.

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