As many of you know from the emails over the past few months, this past Sunday I ran a half marathon together with Chai Lifeline. Chai Lifeline is an organization that benefits hundreds of families by doing acts of kindness. Thanks to your support and donations we were able raise more than six and a half thousand dollars! I really enjoyed the experience and I hope to partner with all of you to do it again next year!
Sitting by the pre-race pasta party with all the people and their inspiring stories made a huge impact on my life. Not only this year where I actually ran the half marathon but last year as well when I first found out about the idea.
In this week’s parsha, Yisro makes a huge impact on the Jewish people while they sojourned through the desert. He led a simple life until, one day, he got up, met with Moshe, and helped establish courts which the repercussions we can feel to this day in how we handle judgment. This is similar to my journey beginning from last year where everything seemed exactly the same going through the same motions. Then, the pre-race party happened and inspired me to be actively involved in the marathon. Within days, I was training for a half marathon, bound to make a difference in the world and inspiring those similar to how I was during the pre-race party.
The lesson I took from this whole experience is that it takes very little to inspire someone else. Helping motivate someone that needs a little confidence boost may not seem like a big deal to you yet could be life-changing for someone else. Remember this the next time you want to do something for someone else even if you're nervous because so many after you will be confident because of you. So let's all take a step together towards moshiach and inspire the world to follow!
Have an amazing shabbos!
All the best!
Avroham Y Ross