Amex? I leave home without it. My phone charger? No way! Given the amount I use my cell phone, the charger is practically my lifeline.

I cringed as the battery bars vanished before my eyes. While waiting for a flightI cringed as the battery bars started vanishing before my eyes back recently from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., I got busy posting details of my trip on social media, communicating with my husband in Asia via WhatsApp, responding to emails and helping my daughter with her math homework via FaceTime ... 70 percent, 30 percent, 20 percent ... “Why don’t they have a charging station for me to charge my phone!?” I wondered.

With less than 10 percent left on my phone battery, I landed at the Houston international airport. Needless to say, the phone died before I made it to the Uber. Ugh! Again, not one charging station in site. Is this 2018? Ever tried finding a wall outlet at the airport at 10 p.m.? Not much fun!

A part of me wished that this was going to be one of those Divinely ordained moments when I think everything is going wrong, and then I have a seemingly random, yet life-altering encounter. That would make interesting Shabbat-table conversation! Nah! Nothing interesting. There I was, tired, leaning uncomfortably against the wall needing my phone to be charged. Yet nothing life-altering happened other than the few minutes I had to think about how desperately I needed to plug in—not just my phone, but my soul. Maybe life-altering, after all?

They don’t call them smartphones for nothing! They can really teach you stuff. The word mitzvah comes from tzavta, “connection.” A mitzvah is connection. Yes! It’s the way that piece of G‑d within me connects to her Source. It’s the way I recharge my soul. And G‑d knows mine needs that. I’ve never been the “spiritual” type. I’m more of a doer—a “go, go, go” type of person.

No need to unplug from the world and go on a meditation retreat to be spiritual. I can just be myself, even in this digitally connected world, and be spiritual. I like that. I just have to plug in! And I can choose 613 different ways to do that from all the mitzvot of the Torah. What diversity!

WeWe need to recharge our spiritual batteries had a beautiful couple recently at our Shabbat table who told us that even though they are not very observant, they decided a few years back to take on a new mitzvah every year. I couldn’t help but notice the husband beaming with pride as his wife shared the mitzvot they have incorporated throughout the last few years and how this small, but monumental, yearly change (and charge!) has transformed their lives. One mitzvah every year. Slowly. No rush. One. At. A. Time. Talk about being spiritual! You could almost see the battery bars on their marriage going up.

This couple had realized what so many of us have overlooked. We need to plug in. We need to recharge our spiritual batteries. What good is our life and our actions in this world if they are devoid of spiritual energy?

And now, I’m rushing out. Better not forget my charger!