An obvious theme of Passover is slavery. ¬†The Jewish people were slaves in Egypt. ¬†The slavery was particularly awful because much of their work was back breaking labour meant more to waste time than to actually build anything.
The word for Egypt in Hebrew is Mitzrayim, meaning constriction, also relates to the theme of slavery.
Every year as we approach Passover, we are reminded to ask ourselves about what enslaves us. ¬†What is slowing us down from reaching our potential?
I think my list can go on for a very long time. ¬†I am impatient. ¬†I am stubborn. ¬†I very much cannot let things go until they are resolved.
Even today, I am tested on those weaknesses. ¬†I am trying to book lodging through a website. ¬†This should be a simple task. ¬†The owner has not yet accepted the reservation through the website (but he messaged me saying, “Great see you when you arrive!”) which means there is no reservation. ¬†Nothing will happen. ¬†I don’t get the actual location of this lodging and there is no payment. ¬†Talk about constriction!
I feel my anger and frustration building. ¬†It isn’t easy to find the best place for a vacation and once you find THE place, you want things to go very smoothly. ¬†I keep staring at my inbox waiting for the confirmation. ¬†Refresh. ¬†Refresh. ¬†Refresh.
I know what I am doing. ¬†I know it’s all from G-d. ¬†I try short bursts of busy work, but I am back at the laptop. ¬†Refresh.
What enslaves you?
This post is the third post, part of Twitter’s @imabima’s list of writing prompts for the first two weeks of Nissan leading up to Passover.