“For your own protection, Mam.”
That made me think of something I learned at this week’s Beyond Walls Writing Intensive Course. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield reminded us that we have choices to make when we come to a wall or border in our life. One way to respond is to become a Border Patrol Guard, whose job it is to monitor who is allowed to cross the border and who is kept out.
At first I thought:”I do not want to be like a Border Control Guard.” But the more I thought about it, I thought my life would be better and more productive and satisfying if I used the skills of being a Border Guard, especially when it comes to writing.
For years I have said that I want to spend more time writing, but I don’t guard the time I need because I allow so many distractions and interruptions.
Even here at the airport, after I passed through security, I ran into one of my writing professors who was headed to the gate next to mine. It would have been so easy to fall into a conversation with him about the workshop and our love of writing. But I amazed myself and said:”I am headed to find a quiet spot to write today’s blog. Have a nice flight!”
Wow! I amazed myself. I was actually putting into action Rabbi Hirschfield’s teaching that we have a choice as to how we want to relate to any person or event in any given moment.
There would have been nothing wrong with chatting away with my professor about the workshop. But if I did so, I would have let myself down because I had made myself a promise to write a blog today during my three hours at the airport.
I do want to be a Border Control Guard, especially when it comes to blocking out times to write. I hope I learn my lessons well. Thank you, Rabbi…Shabbat Shalom.