Saturday, November 28, 2009

Over Shabbos...

Over Shabbos, I learned three things:

1) Fish is much more appetizing when presented in small quantities... not an entire salmon placed onto the table in which everyone sticks their fingers into. Gross.

2) Whenever I see a Chassidish Rebbe, the only thing that runs through my mind is He must be an Israeli government conspirator in disguise sent to radically turn the Chareidi community against each other!!! (This is what happens when you read too many Jewish novels.... every Rabbi is part of some worldwide plot to destroy the Jews. Oish.)

3) Even when surrounded by friends at a Simcha, it is possible to feel alone. Sigh.

Aside from those three things, I had a nice Shabbos. Slept. A LOT. And read (Escape From India, Avigayil Myzlik... good book if you want something a little less mainstream but with some typographical errors... but the plot's is good... and true!), which always makes me happy!

And to illustrate number 3....

A Smile

Every smile means something

No matter what you mean

It shows you can fight your demons

No matter how obscene


A smile can mean you’re trying

Even if it’s fake

It shows you have will power

That can never crack or break


A smile can mean you’re happy

Over hearing some good news

Happiness isn’t a right

But a way of life you choose


A smile can mean you’re sad

But holding back the tears

Although you’re torn up inside

You’re masking all your fears


A smile shows your strength

When you’re feeling weak inside

A smile shows the world

That you will never hide


A smile teaches bravery

The power to stand tall

It’s an inner beauty, so powerful

That will never be considered small


3 comments:

  1. Regarding #3, reminds me of a quote I once read:

    "Who knows whether the first astronaut who will land on the moon confronted with a strange, weird, and grisly panorama, will feel a greater loneliness than Mr. X, moving along jubilantly with the crowd and exchanging greetings on New Year's Eve at a public square?

    -The Lonely Man of Faith, R' Yosef B. Soleveitchik pp. 37
    (and no I don't go to YU)

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  2. I love that poem! I've seen and read plenty of poems on the topic of smiling which were just so typical. Yours is different and that's why I like it! So true.
    May you always be able to smile, even if you don't feel like it on the inside...

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  3. I second itsagift's comment- love the poem!

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