I recently heard a fantastic episode of Rob Bell’s podcast where he discussed the idea of Good vs. Perfect. Good, he explained, was a concept that came from the Hebrews. In fact, the first chapter of the Torah was G-d explaining how everything He created was “good” … light was good, dark was good, earth … More Good vs. Perfect (Or “Dirty & Tired part 2”)
For most of my life, people have always told me I apologize too much. The thing is, it’s become such a habit to say sorry, I don’t even notice half the time that I’m apologizing until I am told, “It’s not your fault, nothing to apologize for.” This week as I was chatting with my … More Becoming Unapologetic
I was recently with my friend’s 7-year old daughter and was telling her, “Next time, I’ll take you and your brothers out!” “Actually,” she goes. “Maybe next time my mommy can come and she and the boys can go to Gymboree [a kids’ play area] or something, and we two can just you know, walk … More Growth at the Fringes
A few weeks ago, one of my sisters gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. As part of my efforts to help out, I’ve been spending a lot of time babysitting her 3-year-old, so she can focus on the newborn in the meantime. Spending tons of time with a 3-year-old daily is teaching me more … More What Coloring with my Niece Taught Me
Last Sunday, my friend was on her way to her cousin’s wedding in Montreal when a truck rammed into their car. The collision was so bad they had to be airlifted out of the scene. Her brother unfortunately, died. My friend and her parents were able to hold on and are more or less stable … More Moving Forward from a Terrible Accident: Four Lessons
We are currently halfway through the month of Elul, the explosive month before the Jewish New Year. It is not explosive in the sense that there are parties every week, but rather because “the King is in the field.” G-d, it is said, is extremely close to us now. In a metaphor, you can imagine … More Elul and Taking the First Step to Change
A few days ago, I found myself in an all-day orchestra rehearsal. Typically I enjoy these – except I really, really needed to send someone an email, and the file I needed to attach was in my laptop at home. As the day went on I gradually got more and more aggravated as I thought … More Are You More Stressed Than You Need To Be?
This entry is dedicated to the memory of Shimon Zev ben Yeshayahu. May the inspiration gained from this give his neshama an aliya. This Sunday, September 4, 2016 is the centennial anniversary of the College of Music at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. As part of the celebrations, a huge 80-plus-piece orchestra was formed, … More Whose G-d is Running Your Life?
I was driving myself to the dentist today when a car suddenly swerved in front of me. I slammed on my brakes, hoping to avoid crashing into him – only to have the car behind me bump me instead, because of my sudden halt. Thankfully, he was very nice guy and we talked things over … More Why the World is Still a Wonderful Place
A few days ago I had my first professional orchestra audition. Standard in the audition process is a part called sight reading where a piece is placed in front of you and you are expected to read and play it on the spot. So there I was: just finished my prepared repertoire and about to … More Living the Life of our Dreams