A few days ago, I experienced a challenging situation at work. I had many responsibilities to complete, but trying to focus was too hard because I was overwhelmed. Due to my difficulty, I realized that I could not face it alone, so I requested help from the people around me to get through it.
In this week's Parsha, Parshas Emor, we continue learning about the Kohanim. "A kohen has to do certain things to serve Hashem with his full potential." Our life is a journey where we identify our potential and figure out how to complete it. The tricky part is navigating challenging situations to achieve our goal. This week's Parsha further mentions that the kohanim cannot become contaminated by their family. Family is a support system that is always there for you. This idea highlights that the people around us are critical. Therefore, when someone needs assistance, they can count on their family (those around them) to help.
There are many methods one can use to overcome challenges and fulfill their goals. For this reason, it is beneficial to share our goals, missions, inspirations, and failures with those around us who can benefit. One may ask, why bother sharing the failures? The answer is that if we didn't succeed for whatever reason, we now know how to improve on the next attempt.
Through our journeys, each person has a unique perspective and experience which helps shape their lives. The world was made up of billions of people, which didn't get created for people to feel alone. I believe that each person can make a difference in another person's life by helping them. As Pirkei Avos (Ethics of our fathers) says, "One who stands alone suffers alone, " let us make a plan to break free from any restraints or challenges we have and work together to complete all our goals, adding in acts of kindness and transforming the world.
All the best
Avroham Y Ross