Surviving Miserable Afternoons in Venezuela
Thank you so much to all of the JewishMOMs who wrote suggestions on how I can improve my challenging 4-7 time slot. Your ideas were so helpful to me!
My favorite suggestion of all came from, of all places, Venezuela. JewishMOM Coty Benarroch wrote:
I live in Venezuela. Probably you have heard about the state of emergency here. The worst part of the crisis for most Venezuelans is how difficult it is to find basic products such as sugar, flour, rice, medications…there is a loooong wait to get everything.
But at the same time we see Hashem hands…We see that we are here to work on our patience and emuna. Baruch Hashem the chesed in the Jewish community is awesome…We are here for each other whenever we need something. Our tables are full of blessings every Shabbos. And we continue living as free jews, baruch Hashem, and at the same time we keep hoping to be soon in Israel. And we are waiting (again, with a lot of emuna and patience) that things will get better (in every place!) and Moshiach will come in our days, very, very soon.
In addition to the difficulties caused by the crisis in our country, I am also a mother, and my afternoons are also very challenging! I have to drive back and forth to my kids’ school 2 or 3 times every day to meet all the kid’s different schedules, and bedtime is late here.
When things get really difficult with my kids, this is what I do…
I pour myself a glass of water and while I recite the shehakol blessing I concentrate on its words: “Everything came into being with Hashem’s words” and I remind myself that everything that happens is exactly as Hashem wants it to be, and I accept it.
And then I drink the water very slowly!! Until I calm down:)