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  • Cogwheels Don't Wait for the Weekend - and Neither Should You

    Mechanical Clocks (and Watches) are an amazing engineering achievement. (There's a bonus link at the end of this post, explaining this wonder.) The way the wheels fit together, and work smoothly together to make the clock accurately show the current time, and the progress of time - is just short of miraculous. Every wheel has the exact number of teeth (called cogs) it needs - being short one tooth is bad, and having an extra tooth is just as bad... Its placement is super-accurate - move it even a millimeter - and the clock simply won't work. The wheel's size is critical - being a different size will wreck havoc in the mechanism. Whether big or small, with more-or-less teeth - all the wheels in the clockwork are critical. And possibly counter-intuitively, many times - like in many engines - the smaller ones are actually the ones generating more "power". Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, while discussing "what makes people tick(*) at the workplace?", what makes people feel meaningful and engaged at work, I realized - that in contrast to the common metaphor (the one questioning people who are "merely a cog in the machine") - being a cogwheel may actually be a worthy goal. If you're committed, emotionally invested in being a part of the machine, then like a cogwheel in a clock - you make an impact and you are involved, and the clockwork can't do the work it does without you. To squeeze this metaphor just a little more, I'd liken the clockwork to a reverse-dynamo - where the wheels are energized by the clockwork - but only if they're connected and part of the clockwork. No matter your size - if you're an impactful and involved part of "the machine" - it will energize you, and you'll look forward to your workday. And if not - your workday will drain you. And you'll dread Mondays (or Sundays in Israel). Be impactful. Be Involved. Be part of the team. What cogwheel are you in the clockwork? (The is no wrong answer. All cogwheels are good.) BUT: If you're waiting for the weekend - even before the week begins - something is not working. Fix It Now! Or Make a Change. Or Take a Break. Cogwheels don't wait for the Weekend. Neither Should You. (*) Definition of "tick", as in "what makes (someone) tick" (Merriam-Webster): : the things that cause someone to behave a certain way : the feelings, opinions, concerns, etc., that are parts of someone's personality Bonus: an amazing explanation on how the mechanical watch works:

  • למי שקיווה, ולמי שקיווה שלא. תקנם בעצה טובה מלפניך.

    אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם, צוּר יִשְׂרָאֵל וְגוֹאֲלוֹ, בָּרֵךְ אֶת מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל... פְרֹשׁ עָלֶיהָ סֻכַּת שְׁלוֹמֶךָ, וּשְׁלַח אוֹרְךָ וַאֲמִתְּךָ לְרָאשֶׁיהָ, שָׂרֶיהָ וְיוֹעֲצֶיהָ, וְתַקְּנֵם בְּעֵצָה טוֹבָה מִלְּפָנֶיךָ... וְנָתַתָּ שָׁלוֹם בָּאָרֶץ וְשִׂמְחַת עוֹלָם לְיוֹשְׁבֶיהָ. מתוך תפילה לשלום המדינה. נתקנה בידי הרבנים הראשיים לישראל, הרב יצחק אייזיק הלוי הרצוג והרב בן ציון חי עוזיאל ובסיוע הסופר ש״י עגנון.

  • אשרינו מה טוב חלקינו - ולוואי ונצליח תמיד להיות ראויים

    ביום הזיכרון+יום העצמאות ה-73 של ישראל, היינו בירושלים. שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת בְּשׁוּב ה' אֶת שִׁיבַת צִיּוֹן הָיִינוּ כְּחֹלְמִים (תהילים קכ״ו) ביום הזיכרון סיירנו בעקבות לוחמי תש״ח בעיר העתיקה, וסיימנו עם שקיעה ליד הכותל, שם התפללנו את תפילת יום העצמאות החגיגית. בתפילה בכותל, יצא לנו לשמוע את הרב הראשי לישראל - הרב דוד לאו - מדבר. הוא אמר (לקהל, שהורכב בעיקר מעולים): זכיתי למה שאתם לא זכיתם - זכיתי להיוולד בארץ ישראל, ולגדול בארץ כיהודי ישראלי. אבל אתם זכיתם למה שאני לא זכיתי - לבחור בארץ ישראל, ולעלות אליה. אַשְׁרֵינוּ מַה טּוֹב חֶלְקֵנוּ וּמַה נָּעִים גּוֹרָלֵנוּ וּמַה יָּפָה יְרוּשָּׁתֵנוּ (מתוך תפילת שחרית) בבוקר יום העצמאות טיילנו בטיילת החומות הצפונית (הרובע הנוצרי והרובע המוסלמי) ויצא לנו לראות חלקים של מטס חיל-האוויר שם. מרומם ומדהים, ותחושה של זכות עצומה שנפלה בחלקינו, להיות עם חופשי בארצינו, על חומותייך ירושלים - דבר שרבים וטובים לא זכו לו. אַשְׁרֵינוּ מַה טּוֹב חֶלְקֵנוּ וּמַה נָּעִים גּוֹרָלֵנוּ וּמַה יָּפָה יְרוּשָּׁתֵנוּ (מתוך תפילת שחרית) החיבור בין יום הזיכרון ליום העצמאות מזכיר לנו את הזכות הגדולה שנפלה בחלקינו - ואת המחיר העצום ששילמו הנופלים - ושהמשפחות שלהם ממשיכות לשלם כל יום. טוֹב, לְהֹדוֹת לַה׳ וּלְזַמֵּר לְשִׁמְךָ עֶלְיוֹן (תהילים צ״ב) מוטל עלינו להיות ראויים לקרבן ולמחיר, וללמוד מהנופלים - ומתכונותיהם המיוחדות - ובכך להנכיח ולהנציח אותם ביומיום.

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