No Pain no Gain

Tonight, was the first time I observed and partook in a certain type of exercise class. Like all exercise classes, the instructor pushes you beyond your limits. At first you are determined to complete the exercise, then as the repetition continues, you slow down and eventually stop in the middle. The pause button usually doesn’t last for long, if you have a good instructor in the room. Her/his words of encouragement and belief that you could do it, cause the successful outcome. I’m not saying there is no resistance and maybe some kicking and screaming along the way, but as the saying goes, “no pain, no gain.”

After today’s, devastating news in Boston and tragic news of a young girl in Florida who lost her life in a car accident while skateboarding, I thought to myself what can we do? How can we put an end all the tragedy?  We are all doing so much already!!!  There must be something!  True we are all doing wonderful Mitzvos, Davening giving Tzedaka, but are we doing them with the same determination, the same strength and vigor as we would use to run a marathon. For those of us who aren’t marathon runners, most of us have taken challenging exercise class or played a competitive game to win and have experienced the pain to achieve the gain.

Suppose we use that same drive in the Mitzvos we perform, the prayers we recite, in the Tzedaka that we give. Continue doing the same wonderful deeds that we do day after day, but turn on the turbo engine and give it everything we’ve got and MORE!!! The reward is so much greater too!

I look at Benny and admire him more and more each day. He’s only two Kein Ayin Hora, he should IY”H live to 120, but the amount of Koach (strength) he puts forth, the love he portrays, and the zest for life he demonstrates, through everything he’s been through, is a living example we all can too!

This morning, I took Benny for a follow up check up at the hospital. The appointment lasted a long three hours. Mostly because we had to wait for lab results, to find out his blood levels etc.  While we waited, Benny entertained the nurses wheeling his suitcase of toys up and down the hallways. He also tried to make “small talk” with other little patients in the waiting area. The part I disliked the most was when he had to get a shot. He doesn’t like it much either, but unlike me who can’t stand up for at least 30 minutes after a shot, he forgets about it a minute later and is back to his cheerful self. My Zaida Ben (ZT”L) always used to say, if a child gets hurt, “change their mindset, he’ll feel better right away.”  That is how Benny conducts himself. Maybe Benny knows deep down, “no pain, no gain.” It’s extra ordinary to watch and amazing to learn from.








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