We all have dreams – or ideas that we love to entertain in our minds. From big dreams – like finding a cure for cancer or traveling the world, to simpler ones, like losing those last 10 pounds, cleaning out the garage or organizing your finances. Each of us has ideas from big to small and more often than not they sit in our mental shelf and collect dust! We like to sit and talk about our ideas in abstract… imagining the “what if” scenarios. “Wouldn’t it be great if…” or “Imagine if we…”
Surprisingly, I am not going to talk about how we should get off our butts and get moving to do what we want to – but I WILL tell you a story about someone who actually did!
I have a brother who over the last few weeks has impressed and inspired me tremendously. For the past 5 years my brother single handedly created, organized and designed a weekly family newsletter with articles of the Torah portion, family news, words of inspiration, stories and much more. Each week he sent this newsletter to our entire extended family – all in memory of my mom. Well, obviously the job is extremely time consuming and tedious – and so this year my brother announced and decided it’s time to take all this wonderful content and create a website! And guess what? That’s exactly what he did.
Back and forth we discussed ideas – content – design – and I am amazed that he actually pulled the whole thing off. This past week I was given a grand “walk through” of the website. Its professional, the design is beautiful and it is everything he wanted it to be and more. Each day he’s working with his techie guy on fixing, adding, changing and constantly improving. Of course the website is still in its early stages – but if this is what it looks like at the beginning, I can only imagine how much more beautiful and useful it will be when more and more content will be added.
The lesson is obvious. My bro had an idea… he had a vision… and he didn’t let it sit on the shelf collecting dust. Within a short period of time he organized the entire project and got it up and running. If that isn’t a lesson of “get off your ass and do it!” I don’t know what is.
For those of you who would like to check out my brother’s hard work visit: www.TannenTorah.com