Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Taking the Long Road

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

Today I had to attend a business meeting at a client. While I do a good job of getting lost and having a hard time finding my way in Israel, the recent upgrade of Google Maps to include Israel streets and addresses (in Hebrew or English) had made a major difference in my arriving to the intended location.

So I looked up the address, plotted my route and left plenty of time to get there (not knowing the area traffic conditions.) I arrived with plenty of time to spare, called my contact and asked him where the building was (I was headed to #3, I saw #4 and #6, but the opposite side of the street was EMPTY.) It started to rain (a blessing!), my contact couldn't figure out where I was and it didn't seem like a business area. It seems Google sent me to the wrong city. Ok, Baruch Hashem, sometimes I get a free tour of parts of Israel, thank you Hashem. I wandered a bit and ended up back on the highway, from where my contact directed me.

Head south, don't take the split, then take the split, then right, no left, up a bit, right... It started pouring (we really need it!), traffic slowed. After a bit of a wait, I neared the location. Amazingly (thanks Hashem) I still had a few minutes to spare before the meeting.

My phone rang, the meeting which had originally been scheduled for the main office in Tel Aviv and had been moved to this remote office had been rescheduled for the main office - but they hadn't told my contact or I. Turn around and head back to Tel Aviv.

Now this is the point where midos meet emunah. Do I get steamed, first Google sent me to the wrong place, now the client sent me to the wrong place. Or do I say "thanks Hashem, for the chance to see 2 Israeli towns I haven't seen before and get to try out some routes I've never driven before?"

We should be doing the latter, but often fall into the former. While it's true that occasionally getting into such a circumstance will lead to unkind words from a manager or customer who's waiting, often the majority of the PRESSURE is coming from OURSELVES. We start to worry about what will be, we start to review all the negative possibilities... we'll get yelled at, we'll look stupid, or incompetent, what will people say, or think, they'll be bothered, and upset, it's wasting our time, grrrrrrrrrrr!

Or we can trust in Hashem... we don't control the world. I'm here because I'm supposed to be here, which means it's not the wrong place - it's a planned (by Hashem) stop along the way. I'll get there when I'm supposed to get there (by Hashem's schedule). If it's supposed to go well, it will. And if not, it won't. In either case, I've done my part which is all _I_ can control. The rest, well, I can worry or I can trust in Hashem.

...I arrived and parked, met my contact who had made it a minute before me. We entered the meeting, it seemed to go well. Will this business situation work out or not, I don't know. But today, thank G-d, I was able to trust in Hashem (and visit 3 towns for 1 meeting, and find a new route that may help me cut my work commute by 15 minutes).

Baruch Hashem.

Photo courtesy of IsraellyCool.


Dan Schwarz said...

I highly recommend a GPS. My Mio 320 worked very well in Israel once I loaded the proper maps (although the robotic voice, which sounded like it had a Southern US accent, was comically bad at pronouncing Hebrew street names.) It only steered us wrong twice, and that was because of the light rail construction.

josh said...

Do you know how many times I've had the opportunity to travel to Yavne when I try to follow the signs on the highway to Ashdod at the new interchange coming on Highway7?

I really can't wait until that is fixed up.

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