I’m not ready. Then again, I am never ready right before the Holidays. I always do things in big bunches as we get closer. Most of the time it works, but it does make for a very stressful couple weeks before the High Holy Days. The muse of writing strikes when it wants. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always hit me when I have to get some sermonizing done. But you need to be in the right moment to be ready.
Look at When Harry Met Sally. Although both Harry and Sally were searching for relationships of different sorts and kept running into each other at moments they were available, it wasn’t until that New Year’s Eve at the end of the film that presented the moment. It was only then Harry found the courage, the words, the emotion, the recognition that they were to perfect to be together.
Or as Harry says, “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
The moment has to strike and then we are ready.
Of course, the above might actually all be nonsense. Sure there are times we respond to a situation better because of our experience and place in the world. But waiting until the moment is right is the excuse we can conveniently use to get out of anything. “I’ll quit this job when the moment is right.” “We should sell this place, but let’s wait until the market is perfect.” “Sure we’ll have kids, but we need to be in a settled situation first.” “Next month is a good time to start going back to the gym.” Every one of those statements could be true, but also could merely be the kind of thing you say to delay and stall change.
It is a fine line between timing and excuses. In this new year, don’t stop doing things because the moment isn’t perfect or you aren’t 100% ready. As one writer reflected, “if you wait until you are ready it’ll be too late.” Much of life is knowing the best plan and going for it. Sometimes “good enough”is more than enough. And as I’ve learned – but still fight – every year with sermon writing, getting started is most of the battle. Go out and make it happen.
#BlogElul is the brainchild of @imabima who blogs at imabima.blogspot.com. For the 30 days of Elul, the spiritual preparation before the Jewish High Holy Days, many Jews will be reflecting on the themes of the season. My posts will all be through the lens of movies. You can see all the themes in the graphic. Follow all the other excellent postings through Twitter at #BlogElul along with related items #Elulgram and #PopCultureElul.