I’m taking a class this spring at the JCC that’s called “Foundations of Jewish Family Living.” I know, I know, don’t start groaning. Our teacher is phenomenal and every Wednesday we get lots of inspiring material. Last week we got a handout with various quotes and blurbs on it and I wanted to share this one in particular:
Kavanah (which means “intention”)
I love to change the world,
but I rarely appreciate things as they are.
I know how to give,
but I don’t always know how to receive.
I know how to keep busy,
but I don’t know how to be still.
I talk, but I don’t often listen.
I look, but I don’t often see.
I yearn to succeed,
but I often forget what is truly important.
Teach me, God, to slow down.
May my resting revive me.
May it lead me to wisdom, to holiness,
to peace and to You.
—Rabbi Naomi Levy, from To Begin Again