Saturday, September 15, 2007

vitals...

I must've heard these words 100 times on Erev Rosh Hashana...

oy..di ikkur iz gezint...

..amein..but the most important thing is health...

daven good..have us in mind..but remember the most important thing is health..




and then God gives us Health..

and..

We're still not happy...



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Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

I've got a cold, but I'm happy. The sun is shining, my next break at work is within reach (three more weeks to go), newart projects are forming in the back of my mind, and there's a hazelnut cream cake in the fridge to be devoured for coffee this afternoon. BTW, some studies say that smiling (even fake smiles) makes you healthier.

September 16, 2007 2:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've thought on this lately: life gets stale, old, dead, decaying, if we lose our creativity, our freshness with life. We are made in G-d's image, and He is the Master of the Universe, The Great Architect of all. And yet, it is when we lose this, that it all starts to fade and look old and we become boring.
Rosh Hashanah serves to remind us to keep starting anew and looking at same things in new and fresh ways.

Surely it must be a sin, to die, before you do.



I was thinking of you today. What "David" means; your name.

Either way, may it be inscribed for you to keep being the catalyst that you are and that fresh blessings overtake you and yours!

September 16, 2007 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am back. Had to find the meaning of your name. I share it with you:

The boy's name David \d(a)-vid\ is pronounced DAY-vid. It is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is "beloved". Biblical: one of the most remarkable personalities in the Scriptures. David was a shepherd, musician, poet, soldier, statesman, prophet, and king. He wrote about half of the Psalms and very likely composed music for them as well. He is the only David mentioned in the Bible; his name occurs there more than a thousand times.

(Whew!)

September 16, 2007 4:07 PM  
Blogger Spelling Mistakes said...

I am getting rather personal here.

Everyday I feel better, and I am grateful, yet angry, with Hashem about the whole episode.
In a very strange way I feel my health is due to me and the illness from Hashem. I know its wrong to think that way, but I am still much happier now then I was 3 months ago, when I was so confused with being ill, Hasgacha pratit etc.

I think what we lose is the ability to appreciate what we have.

Only now, with a big scar on my body I can appreciate the prefect body I once had.

We should stop, breath deeply be one with our body and thank Hashem for what we have.

(you made me think. thank you)

September 16, 2007 4:58 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

fashionista....
Its only September..what are you doing with a cold?
..yes smiling might be healthier..but I dont like those wrinkles it causes...
:-)

anonymous...
Great point...we can get stale..and every once in awhile we need a fresh start or a burst of creativity to be like God..
Thanks

and Thanks for the research on my "name"

spelling mistakes...
Wow..touching comment.
I didn't know you were ill...and your attitude is an inspiration...
:-)

September 16, 2007 9:34 PM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

imho... Wrong-o. The most important thing is spiritual health. We pray for physical health in order to be able to serve HaShem with our whole body, but it isn't the be-all and end-all.

I have met some physically broken people who are so way ahead of me spiritually that even as I thank HaShem with all my heart for sparing me their challenges... there is a tiny pang of jealousy. (I try to take that and use it to spur me to try for greater spirituality in my current position.)

September 17, 2007 1:11 AM  
Blogger Shoshana said...

I wish that's the greetings I got. Everyone I talked to seemed to think that the most important thing ever is for me to get married. Because that is the ONLY thing anyone specified in their wishes to me this year.

September 17, 2007 10:35 AM  
Blogger Fajita said...

who's not happy..?

September 17, 2007 1:33 PM  
Anonymous at peace said...

I second what Bas Melach said about spiritual health being important and add Emotional health as well.

It seems to me that David's intention wasn't to argue that health is THE most important thing. Rather, he used it as an example (to bring out a point) of something important that we oft take for granted. Does this make sense?

September 17, 2007 2:19 PM  
Blogger Spelling Mistakes said...

Hi david, I posted a whole piece about me not being well. feel free NOT to read it.

September 17, 2007 4:10 PM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

Shoshana, your comment reminded me of a joke:

"Every time there was a wedding celebrated among my family, the elder ladies came up to me, nudged me with their elbows, gaggling, 'You're next.'
They eventually stopped doing this when I started doing the same to them at funerals."

September 17, 2007 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bas melech, clearly one who has been challenged with health couldn't disagree with you more. If physical health is being challenged to the point that spiritual health is harder work for them... well other people may see them as inspiring and spiritualy wealthy, but they suffer a worse pain by not being able to do more in their own journey...

September 17, 2007 7:23 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Bas_Melech...
2 things...
First..of course Spiritual Health is ultimately more important..but Hakol Biydei Shomayim chutz MiYiras Shomayim..Spritual is more in our hands than anything else..whereas physical wellbeing being far less in our control..
Second..I was merely bringing out a point and commenting on some comments I had heard..personally..

Shoshana....
well..lets hope all those wishes come true this year...so that next year..youll hear the ones I hear..

fajita...
you want their names?

at peace...
precisely..

spelling...
wow..
I read it..
what a harrowing experience..I'm gald you posted it..

fashionista..
lol

anonymous...
ultimately spiritual health is what we're here for...but you're right..physical impediments can make it a challenge..which some mange to overcome heroically...and others get crushed under its burden..

September 17, 2007 8:15 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

dunno... health is NOT what it's all about... at least, not in my book...

September 19, 2007 10:44 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

dreamer...
well..in the physical realm...If you dont have health..really nothing else matters..

September 20, 2007 10:42 AM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

Anono7:23,
I apologize if you took my comment as an underappreciation of health. Perhaps I can clarify... or dig myself deeper, as the case may be ;)

I was just commenting on David's post (um...duh. you know what i mean) So, he said people wish for health above everything and they're still not happy. So I simply meant to suggest that this could happen because they fail to realize that health, while it is probably the greatest gift one can be granted by G-d, is not "IT." IT is what you do with your health...your challenges...your talents...your wisdom...your smile...whichever tools He gave you.

Allow me to close by saying, as a complete aside, that although I cannot come close to feeling the actual pain that people in certain very painful situations go through (though of course I have challenges as well, who doesn't), I have close contact with people who have extreme, lifelong (or rather, in some cases, life-short) physical limitations and I have come to understand and share a tiny part of their pain. The love that I feel for these friends would not allow me to say anything insensitive on this topic, so if my previous post sounded that way, it's obvious that I must not have communicated clearly enough.

In terms of physical health posing a spiritual challenge as well, that is actually the most universal part. Everyone has spiritual barriers and definitely a hardest one is the feeling of being limited in our spirituality-- it's so frustrating! Believe me, I experienced this on my own level, which although it may be very different than yours was very upsetting to me. I think that the ultimate spiritual level to which I was referring is the acceptance that some people have of those limitations, the commitment to make the most of what they have with love and feel satisfied with it. This is something that I have never yet been able to do and yet I have seen it in people whose limitations seem much harder to accept.

Oh dear, I see I am getting windy and not making any point, just going on and on hijacking David's lovely, concise blog. So if you want to discuss this further, please email me through my profile.

September 21, 2007 3:23 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Bas_Melech..
its all good..
:-)

September 24, 2007 10:19 PM  

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