Thursday, February 23, 2012

Be the CEO

Recently, I saw a great video on Aish, that can be found by using this link.  Basically the premise of it, is that when we say Shema, we come to the realization that Hashem is the CEO of the Universe, and we are just an employee, but we are more than employee.  We are an employee child of Hashem, and so everything that happens to us, is because He wants it to happen to us, and we can learn something from it.  This idea, is a very Breslov idea.  But, we can go deeper.  For our day to day lives, we can be the CEO, and we want to be the CEO, why?  Because the CEO gets to make the decisions.  Sadly most people think they are the CEO of their own lives, but really they are not, they are just an employee.  They think they make decisions, but they don't, because a CEO has to see the long term picture, "is what I am doing today, going to better me in the future?"  An employee, only has to deal with the short term, "what is the best way to finish this", or more likely "what is the easiest way to get this done?" An employee, lets things happen to him, a CEO makes things happen.  When we become the CEO, Hashem then becomes like the board of directors, ultimately, still guiding us, but taking more of a hands off approach, because He knows, that we will most often do the right thing, react the right way, and He doesn't have to meddle in our lives as much.  When you make the decision to get up at 6 daily, learn Torah and daven before work, then Hashem can take great pleasure in knowing that He has obviously hired a great CEO, but when a person struggles to get up (I am guilty of this), doesn't always make time for learning, and forgets that he has a boss (Hashem) and acts like an employee who thinks he is the boss, then Hashem has to send that person a reminder, that He is in charge, and most employees don't like that kind of a reminder.  For a CEO knows, that even though he gets to make great day to day decisions, ultimately, the board of directors is still above him.  So, would you rather have Hashem be your immediate supervisor, yelling at you, as you will, or would you rather He just has to send you gentle reminders for how your life should be going, because He knows, you will get the memo.

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