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Arrows of Life

Arrows of Life


The life of Sarah was one hundred years and twenty years and seven years, the years of the life of Sarah. (Genesis 23:1)

All of them were equally good.—Rashi.

In which direction does your life move?
To wherever you have placed its arrow.

If the arrow points forever backward, to blame the present on the past and script the future accordingly, then what is to make life worth its pain, the story worth its struggle?

But if the arrow points forward to an unfolding destiny, then every pain becomes the cracking of a shell, every travail the shedding of a cocoon; as an olive releasing its oil to the press, a seedling breaking its path to rock and soil to reach the sun. What is the pain relative to the promise it holds?

And so Sarah looked back after 127 years, and all her days, even the darkest, the weariest, even those when she was held a prisoner in the depths of evil of Pharaoh’s palace—all were good and filled with beauty. 

Likutei Sichot, vol. 5, pg. 92.

By Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Subscribe and get your dose daily. Or order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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Mary Thomasson StPete. Fl December 25, 2014

What wisdom looks upward, above this earth for those elderly awaitng their transformation Reply

Karen Lenexa, Ks/Usa January 12, 2012

How do you wait for the unfolding destiny? Why am I so impatient to see the unfolding destiny unfold?

I like the part about the pain simply being the cracking of the egg, and the travail of the shedding of the cocoon. Reply

valerie akron, oh January 11, 2012

How positive! To be able to reflect on all the good and whatever bad, and see the beauty of the total picture! Reply

Anonymous ma, MA January 11, 2012

very good, thank you for your daily dose. In the morning, I read it to set my day with a good attitude and worthwhile purpose to aim toward. Reply