Jewish Values on Building Persistence – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Michelle Harari    There is no such thing as being fearless. Fears chase you down, waiting for you at every corner. However, it is your decision of whether or not you want to shake fear’s hand as you turn that corner, or if you continue waking straight, avoiding fear at all costs. This is a story of how an indecisive, sometime shy girl came to a decision. It may not seem, so huge, but at the time it was a pretty big deal (if you take your color war seriously). Color war. Soccer game blue vs. white. Tied game. Goal kicks. One – miss. Two – miss. So far neither blue nor white had scored to win the game for their team. There was one kick left. Flashback to a few weeks ago, during a soccer tournament, same scenario. I wanted to kick that last goal kick. Very much so. But, I didn’t speak up. My team got second place in that tournament. Snap back to reality. I wasn’t going to simply stand there, watching my team try and not even make it close. Do I volunteer to kick? I don’t want to come off as being boastful or arrogant or a hotshot. But, I had a feeling I could do it. So, I did. And I scored. I had won the game for my team. I took the risk. However small, it was a chance. And I felt good about it.