Examine Your Life
Question 27: What do I want to be when I grow up?

 Grant :
What do I want to be when I grow up is a wonderful question. The point, is I am still learning, still experiencing life, having wonderful positive ideas about how to help other people, using my abilities to challenge the future with creativity. I still have a young mind, and on that basis maybe I won't grow up, because if I do grow up, i couldn't 'grow'.

   Rabbi Schwartz :
"All my life I wanted to be a policeman," said the little boy at the fire station, "but now I want to be a fireman!"

The Zohar speaks of small minds and large minds. 'Small minds' refers to those who focus only on the profits and losses and joys and sorrows of our physical world. 'Large minds' refers to those who train their thoughts beyond the material world towards higher spiritual realms. It refers to those who turn their eyes to Hashem's plans for us, and focus on the destiny of the entire world.

As such, to 'grow up' means that we look to life's larger picture. We develop a view that includes the reason for life. We meditate on our short stay in this world, and how we can make the most of our time here.

Then, with such a clarity, with such an approach, we may begin to live our lives as 'adults' and not only as children.

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