I got the third Aliyah yesterday morning (Yitro), the third on Shabbat a week ago, the 12th (Bo), and the Levi during the week before that. I also got the sixth the Shabbat we were in Rehovot (I guess I'll try to figure that one out later).
And I've gone off task again. I actually started this post on Tuesday, but got too damned tired. You see, I stay up way too late getting stupidity done (last night it was generating a sheet of stock listings in the hope we could talk to Larry - one of Pop's old brokers - today.
We did speak to him, and we got certain things sorted out, one particularly that will make my life here over the next week much easier, which is that we are not going with a disclaimer trust. And this is good. We'll be putting a bunch of Mom's and Pop's trust accounts together so she does not have to deal with too much administration.
And I've wandered again, but that's what these musings are about. I made the note at the top because I always wonder to myself if there is any special meaning I should be taking from the Aliyot assigned to me. And then I got distracted again, and had to actually look them up, which explains the parantheticals above. And that was more time I didn't want to spend which I did.
So it seems I am a slow learner. The lesson this week - from one of the books in the new pile we ordered for your mama - is
Success is the Progressive Realization of a Worthy Ideal
We become what we think about
The takeaway. Define a worthy ideal, what you will become (write it on an index card and stick it on your pocket to think on multiple times a day). Set your goals in alignment with that. Create an action plan. Stick it in your calendar, and go.
Another distraction. I knew I came up with something, and thought I'd written it somewhere, but now can't find it (which means I looked again).
So I'll reinvent. My purpose is to become powerful, useful, remarkable. My way is by helping others be that themselves and providing a context in which we can all strive for our own highest purpose.
I'm trying to test the truth of that, though I suppose the only way to test that would be to look at the actions to follow.
I also like Genghis Kahn's way. He is a direct ancestor to one in fifty asians. He must have done something right, at least biologically. But I guess I am a little old to rape and pillage my way across Asia, and our new-ish government organizations would probably make it difficult to embark on such a plan, unless I take over control of a few countries first.
Anyway, I keep falling asleep in front of this, and I still want to row and get over to the Hanna's.
Shavua Tov, by the time you get this.