Friday, November 25, 2005

Treasuring Moments & J-Turkey Roundup

This time it's for real... though I liked my point last time. Sometimes, you just have to stop trying to record or discuss life: You have to experience it, as well. Too often, we are so busy trying to plan the future, or trying to get that great picture of a momentous occasion, or talking on our phones to hear what's happening elsewhere, that we completely miss out on what's actually happening right in front of us.

The moments we treasure or remember the most are almost never captured by other means. They are strictly in our heads and hearts. Sitting in the back of a car on a trip with your family as a 6-year old, playing games with license plates and a Snoopy calculator. The stupid conversations with your best friend from when you were 9 that you still think back on with a smile. Being told your greatest weakness when you're 13: And realizing just how much it almost did, and one day may, come to haunt you. Understanding that it is often better to take blame for something you didn't do that will quickly be forgotten than to start an argument that won't. Doing favors for people that they will never know about or appreciate - and seeing the smile, relief, or success that results. And feeling good about it. The off-hand comment that made you understand yourself that much more. The moment at your wedding when you just know.

Sometimes, put down the video camera and join in the fun. Leave the cellphones at home. Stop worrying about the ride home and enjoy whatever you came for. Don't get stressed out trying to avoid stress later on.

Stop trying to capture the moment. Be a part of it, instead.

And now that my preaching is over, here's the turkey roundup!!
I made my picks, we cooked up a storm, I made a point, and we had an awesome time.

BlogHD notes that Israel could use a Thanksgiving, though Israelis would never go for it.

Classmate-Wearing-Yarmulke thinks he knows why more Jews don't celebrate Thanksgiving.

DovBear explains why we can celebrate; and tells people to get offline. He also questions why some schools have classes.

Jack thinks family can be tough, even if he's thankful for them.

Robbie's family fights for the prize.

Lamed-Zayin draws a cartoon.

Gene wishes everyone a happy holiday.

Chaim takes advantage.

Batya drank.

Orthomom learned something new.

PsychoToddler thinks nothing's new.

RenReb saw a funny video - it's an oldie but goodie.

Stacey misses our joint hometown of Cleveland, especially the snow.

Shoshana heads South.

The Wolf gives thanks.
Hope everyone enjoyed as much as we did. Have a wonderful Shabbos!

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  1. Thanks for the mention, though you shouldn't think I'm a lush!

  2. lol

    No no, not a lush. Actually quite interesting, and prolific! Don't get how you manage 4 blogs (well 4 that seem to be just you).

  3. Great post, Ezzie. I know it's a cliche, but I truly believe life is more about the journey than the destination.

    P.S. The cranberriy sauce sounds delicious, esp. the pineapple. I put clementines, cloves, cinnamon and ginger in mine. I didn't think of pineapples. Will have to remember that for next year!

  4. Stacey - crushed pineapple! I put cinnamon in too...

  5. Whoops cut off comment...

    Stacey - You're right, but it's not just that; it is the destinations we've reached, whatever we've achieved and accomplished, etc. that make us look back and see how we got there. It's then that we look back and see the journey we've taken, and truly appreciate how it set us on the path it did.

    It's not so much that we try to make our journey go a certain way; it's that we're trying to go in a general - or even specific - direction, and life sends us situations which cause us to adjust that path. Only at some point after that do we appreciate how that has affected us.