DAY 8 – “Back to the Future”


8 ELUL 5769 (from the archives 09.08.08)

In the movie, Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox plays, a 17 year old young man who by accident travels back in time to the year his parents were seniors in high school.  He is a catalyst in helping them choose a different path for their lives. 

He knew what their family life would be like, if he did not intervened.  As he watched his parents, he saw WHAT shaped their lives as young adults and WHY they responded to life the way they did.   His knowledge of their story,  brought understanding to his story, and with it the insight needed to go “Back to the Future” wiser than before.

If you could go back in time, what decision would you change?   If you could influence your younger self, what would you say or do?   In truth we all have the opportunity to revisit our younger selves.  It takes courage but if we are willing to learn (with humility and compassion) from our mistakes and the mistakes of others, we too can bring precious gems “Back to the Future” – starting with insight, wisdom and compassion. 

Remember, all of the  “waste of our lives” can be converted to something far more precious than the rubble of failure, if we are willing to learn and share what we have learned. Don’t be afraid to step back and learn – for humbly learning from our past allows us to partner with Hashem in the repair and healing of our future and future generations. 

 Isaiah 58:12 |  Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.


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