That's not to say I don't work at it; I do. In fact, I'd been working on this song for a few weeks now. But yesterday, I went for a bicycle ride and saw the sticker plastered on the stop sign above. And I immediately thought about life, and impermanence, and eternity, and felt the heat and saw the green all around me. After taking this photo, I hopped back on my bike and continued my ride. I thought about the verse in Pirke Avot (Pirke Avot 2:22, specifically) that says, basically, that we won't live long enough to fix the whole world, but our mortality doesn't let us off the hook. We still have to do something, anything, whatever we can, to move things along a little farther towards that better world we envision. The sticker on the stop sign only highlights the imperative: Let's get busy. Life is short.
There are days -- too many days, I admit -- when I consider my choices in life, love and work and doubt that anything I do makes a real difference. There are days when I read quotes by the political pundits and feel the weight of cynicism bear down on me like a grand piano about to fall on me from out of the sky. And it is easy, so easy, to stay in that mindset. Advertisers and the corporations which hire them want us to stay there so they can lure us into thinking that the only way out is to work way too many hours a week and make more money and consume more stuff.
It takes guts to step back from that and say, "There must be a better way to live."
So I wrote this song, not necessarily because I believe every word and every sentiment all the time, 24/7 -- but precisely for the times when I have trouble sustaining my faith. I remember what it was like to believe those things with all my heart, and I know that I want to, need to believe, again. Because at some point I can't waste anymore time worrying about how I might make a difference. Life is short. So I just have to act on faith that somewhere, something I do might be for good -- and I have to keep on doing it.
I hope this inspires you to keep on doing what you do to help repair the world.
Shavua Tov -- a good week!