"It is written in the memories of the ancient peoples that one who chooses the desert for his enemy has chosen a bitter foe, but he who accepts it as a friend, who will seek to understand its moods and whims, shall feel also its mercy, shall drink deep of its hidden waters, and the treasures of its rocks shall be opened before him. Where one may walk in freedom and find water in the arid places, another may gasp out his last breath under the desert sun and mark the sands with the bones of his ending." From The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume I
So, I'm packing for my continuing trip to the Promised Land. I'm grateful to be set free from captivity each year at Passover, and fully equipped during the important time leading up to and after Shavuot.
My symbolic trip through the desert has been VERY valuable to my spirit this year.
Before we enter the month of Av this year I want to make sure all the gleanings from the month of Sivan and Tammuz are coming along with me then. May we all be blessed and equipped in Spirit, this month and always.
Rabbi Aryeh Nivin said it so beautifully in his email newsletter today, so here are his words for you to enjoy, too:
"...look at what you’ve accomplished all year long, and see which of your
goals still need to be achieved. You still have all of Tammuz and Av to
realize them. Ask yourself in a practical, measurable way, 'What do I
want to achieve before the end of the year?' Stay focused so you don’t
get distracted by the myriad temptations at this time of year, so you
can complete these goals.At this time of year we have the greatest power to achieve...
As long as we keep the ta’ava and ga’ava in check, this is the time to make things happen."