It's not like me to talk about religion and belief in a higher power. I feel it's a very personal part of our souls, and I choose to keep it there. But, (of course this was coming...), I have been thinking of one of my favorite traditional melodies, that is sung to the words of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, who was the founder of the Breslov Hasidic dynasty. Even if you don't have a clue what I'm talking about, I think the words associated to this wise man are profound:
"All the world is a very narrow bridge, and the most important thing is not to be overwhelmed by fear."
What is it that characterizes a very narrow bridge? Standing on it, there is nowhere to run, any one mistake can be fatal, and as you stand there, you are alone. And yet, what is a worse enemy than standing on that narrow bridge above the unknown? It is fear itself. Fear distracts you, paralyzes you, brings on thoughts of dangers that don't really exist. So as you stand there the most important thing is not to watch where you go, to walk slowly, or to not look down. The most important thing is not to be overwhelmed with fear. I used to sing this song to Shiri and Nina when they were little, it seems like such a great lesson to try and pass on to the next generation.
I've stamped a new necklace with the words: Vehaikar Lo Lefached Klal meaning, the most important thing is not to be afraid.
A small dagger shaped stone hangs from the top of the bar, complementing the message of strength.
At my Etsy shop HERE!
(I hope you didn't mind that little it of philosophy...)😘