Let's imagine you are in the airport and you have a ticket to get on any flight, to anywhere in the world, but you have 10 minutes to choose. Do you choose to go backpacking in India, on a spiritually-enlightening trip to Eretz Yisrael, or maybe to the World Cup in Brazil? In this situation you are faced with a decision which will have an effect on the next chapter of your life.
In this week's parsha, Parshas Vayishlach, Yaakov has to make a quick decision. Eisav
is coming toward him with 400 men and can very easily overpower his entire family. Yaakov has to decide whether to fight, or run. Yaakov has options to take into account, and needs to make the best decision based on what he knows. What can we learn from the way Yaakov made his decision and how we should feel afterwards?
In life we make decisions every day that can have a positive or negative impact on our lives. We go through life making the decisions, and either we feel really happy about them, or we don't. The point is a person shouldn't feel guilty because of a decision he made. It's okay to make mistakes, and learn from them. There will always be more opportunities to make better choices. The most important thing is to trust in Hashem. We need to do our best, and trust that Hashem will help take care of the rest. In this way, we can make decisions with the information we have, and stay confident to reach our own personal goals, happily.
All the Best
Avroham Yehudah Ross