The Runny Nose Perspective: Weekly SparkJan 4th, 2013 | By Henry
My toddler has a very runny winter nose right now, of which the combined effect of his shmearing and our wiping has led to very chapped cheeks and upper lip.
But he won’t allow any moisturizer; I have to lather it on while he’s sleeping. And lo and behold, it helps.
What struck me was the notion that I have and must be doing the same thing in my life. Here’s the metaphor (in all its glory):
Some yukky habit/attitude comes out of me (runny nose).
I “solve” the problem ineffectively (shmearing it around).
The “solution” not only doesn’t solve the problem, but brings others (more runny nose plus chapped cheeks).
When someone or G-d suggests a new approach (cream), I resist.
Where is someone/G-d suggesting a new approach to a sticky situation in our life? Are we open?
PS: Speaking of new perspectives, we are pleased to welcome Dov Ber Cohen as our guest next Wed. and Fri. nights as part of “East Meets Jewish.” Dov Ber became a disciple and master practicioner of the wisdom of the Far East for six years before discovering Jewish insights on mindfulness and inner peace. His openness to a multiplicity of perspectives makes him a real treat.