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Timing is everything - Vayishlach

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Lately, an experience helped me think about the idea of time and how I have utilized it. I find myself reflecting on choices that I wish I had made differently. Often, I wonder if things had gone differently. Perhaps I would be in a better place now. While there is an undeniable tendency to think about all the poor decisions, reflect on past experiences, and contemplate the "what-ifs," does that help us now?

In this week's parsha, we read about the encounter between Yaakov and Eisav. It's fascinating to consider how a few moments thousands of years ago have impacted countless generations. While learning about prayer with a friend, we discussed the idea that Hashem directs our paths. What resonated with me is that when someone makes a poor decision, it doesn't mean they are inherently evil. Instead, it may be because they are in a situation necessary to learn from and guide them toward the right path in life.

Feeling frustrated about past events is a common experience for me. However, I realize that I can learn from my mistakes and make better decisions in the future. We can't change the past, but we have the power to shape our future. Knowing this helps me move forward and make confident decisions with the understanding that I can continuously improve and become better. I hope you can gain something from this and that we can only look back on positive moments moving forward.

Good Shabbos

All the best

Avroham Y Ross

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