A few months ago, I mentioned in a Dvar Torah that my dream is to speak in front of a packed stadium. I told everyone that a person's dreams are the stepping stone to their actions, and furthermore, a goal that one is trying to complete! If the dream is the place you want to be (at the top of the ladder), then you have a lot of steps until you reach that goal.
Every plan a person makes ensuring their future is very dear to them. The person will try to carry out every detail, and in the context of a ladder, they climb up one step at a time in order to avoid failure. This makes the climb possible. They will also make each step in even proximity to each other so that they can actually climb up. But what takes a dream and makes it into the sturdy ladder called reality?
When a person wants to eat an entire pie of pizza, the goal is obviously to finish it. In order to complete that goal you can't just eat the entire pie or you will throw up. The way to complete that goal is to eat one bite of a single slice at a time until you have completed the entire pie. So too with life. If you want to complete your goal, eat that figurative one bite at a time until you complete it. Take the smallest step now, because in a few years worth of small steps, it will add up to a long jump away.
This week's parsha is Parshas Va’eira. This week and next week we read more thoroughly about the relationship between Pharaoh and Moshe. During these weeks we see that Moshe, who used to live in the palace of the king, came back to beg for his nation's freedom. At first Pharaoh was majorly opposed to Hashem. After a little while, not only did Pharaoh not fight Moshe, he sought Moshe out to allow the Jewish people out of Mitzrayim. This process was similar to that of a person climbing a ladder. Pharaoh wasn't going to send the Yidden from Mitzrayim - He needed a motive to send them out. This motive started with a small step, and slowly through the next few Parshiyos, we will see those steps become miles.
Those steps that turned into miles got us out of Mitzrayim, and if we keep the same mentality nowadays, we can get out of this Golus as well. As the weeks progress, let's take on the next step towards our goal! Let's change this world and make it high enough on the ladder of spirituality to receive Mashiach.
All The Best
Avroham Yehudah Ross