Pesach Energy-Sapper of the Day: “Cleaning is Too Hard, I Want to Run Away”
In this year’s pre-Pesach class, my teacher Rabbi Aryeh Nivin (www.newchabura.com) responded to complaints he has heard from women over the years regarding Passover. I could relate to quite a few of the complaints, and I found Rabbi Nivin’s responses to them really helpful. So, I decided to post a Pesach energy-sapper for your reading pleasure every single day until Passover, followed by an answer based on Rabbi Nivin’s response. ENJOY!
Pesach Energy Sapper #1: “CLEANING FOR PASSOVER IS TOO HARD. I WANT TO RUN AWAY. I HATE THE STRESS. I WILL NEVER BE ANYTHING.”
Response: First of all, if you are sensitive to stress, and want to run away, it’s OK to feel that way.
You absolutely should not judge yourself for what you are feeling.
What you should try to do is take the first step on a journey, which might last years, to unraveling why Pesach is so difficult for you, and learn how to take microscopic steps towards making this time of the year easier and more pleasant.
It’s not true that you will never be anything. It doesn’t matter what your starting point for this journey is. You are great, whether you are taking your first step on your journey towards a better Pesach, or your last. Whether you hate Pesach preparations, or love them.
Remember, even the longest journey starts with a single step. Your mission this Passover is to take that single step, no matter how small.
Chag Kasher v’Sameach!