LOOK UP AND SEE

The splitting of the Red Sea, according to Jewish tradition, is the greatest miracle ever performed. And yet we have one midrash that mentions two Israelites, Reuven and Shimon, who had a different experience.

Apparently the bottom of the sea, though safe to walk on, was not completely dry but a little muddy, like a beach at low tide.
Reuven stepped into it and curled his lip. “What is this muck?”

Shimon scowled, “There’s mud all over the place!”

“This is just like the slime pits of Egypt!” replied Reuven.

“What’s the difference?” Complained Shimon. “Mud here, mud there; it’s all the same.”

And so it went for the two of them, grumbling all the way across the bottom of the sea. And, because they never once looked up, they never understood why on the distant shore, everyone else was singing and dancing. For Reuven and Shimon the miracle never happened.

Source | Shemot Rabba 24.1
Story is also told in Lawrence KushnerEyes Remade for Wonder, pages 11-12

PONDER AND CONSIDER

  • While the sea had parted, for Reuven and Shimon the miracle never made it’s way into their heart, or their life. This is a story about the permission to look up.
  • What are the blinders you choose to wear? There is something about our myopic vision that not only affects what we see, but also our capacity to risk or embrace or celebrate or sing and dance or praise or venture or love wholeheartedly.

THE HORSE AND THE PIG

There was a farmer who had a horse and a pig. One day, the horse became ill and he called the veterinarian, who said:
“Well, your horse has a virus. He must take this medicine for three days. I’ll come back on the third day and if he’s not better, we’re going to have to put him down.”Nearby, the pig listened closely to their conversation.

The next day, they gave him the medicine and left.

The pig approached the horse and said:

“Be strong, my friend. Get up or else they’re going to put you to sleep!”

On the second day, they gave him the medicine and left.

The pig came back and said:

“Come on buddy, get up or else you’re going to die! Come on, I’ll help you get up. Let’s go! One, two, three …”

On the third day, they came to give him the medicine and the vet said:

“Unfortunately, we’re going to have to put him down tomorrow. Otherwise, the virus might spread and infect the other horses.”

After they left, the pig approached the horse and said:

“Listen pal, it’s now or never! Get up, come on! Have courage! Come on! Get up! Get up! That’s it, slowly! Great! Come on, one, two, three … Good, good. Now faster, come on … Fantastic! Run, run more! Yes! Yay! Yes! You did it, you’re a champion!”

All of a sudden, the owner came back, saw the horse running in the field and began shouting:

“It’s a miracle! My horse is cured! We must have a grand party. Let’s kill the pig!”

Source | Unknown

PONDER AND CONSIDER

Nobody truly knows who actually deserves the merit of success, or who’s actually contributing the necessary support to make things happen. Remember: LEARNING TO LIVE WITHOUT RECOGNITION IS A SKILL!

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