In life, we can either let our experiences make us bitter, or we can channel that feeling towards being a good example in order to improve things.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Using time wisley

Some might have already heard this from others. But it's good to remember.

While listening to a certain lecture online, the speaker made a good point about why we count up during sefiras haomer and not down. I would have mentioned this message back then, but I only recently watched it. Anyway, he said that we count up and not down because when you count down, those days in between are in the way, and it feels like a long time until you reach that special day. However, during the omer, each day counts, and we are suppose to use each day as a chance to grow. We count up, taking one step, and then two steps and three. On the 48th day we are 48 steps closer toward Shavous.

It's like a student waiting to graduate. They can either count down the days until they're done with school, and feel anxious, and just want to fast forward to that day. Or they can take the opportunity to use this time wisely as they come closer to that day.


CJ Srullowitz said...

An interesting psychological sleight of hand!

lvnsm said...


Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

I remember once hearing about why we count up. I forgot what the reason was, but could be it was a similar one to this one.

It's a great lesson, to use time wisely. Also to appreciate the time we have now and what's happening at this time. Reminds me of a song by Malky Giniger, about a mother that at each step of her child's life she can't wait for the next step, and then the child is getting married and she realizes she should of cherished each moment when the child was younger, more.

lvnsm said...

very true

Anonymous said...

Do you have the lyrics to Malky Gininger's song?