Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Global Positioning

"Merge onto US 9 South," my GPS-lady intoned.

"No," I said. "I'm not doing that. That doesn't make any sense."

I forced my car towards the Garden State Parkway, despite her cries of "Recalculating". She really wanted me to take the 9, but I knew better. I knew that she had it wrong this time.

My daughter looked worried.

I cruised along, ignoring every attempt by my GPS to get me off the Parkway and back onto the 9. I closed my ears to that horrible word.

"Can you believe her?" I asked my daughter. "Can you believe how stubborn she is? I'm already on the Garden State. Why can't she just give in and let me stay here? Why does she keep trying to get me off of here and back on the 9? Where are her brains??"

"She doesn't have any," my daughter calmly reminded me. "No brains. Only voice."

I thought of the story I'd read about some driver who blindly followed the computerized voice, and crashed into a river or something. I will not be one of those motorists who turn their brains off when they turn their GPS systems on. It's not that I can't follow the GPS. I'm just positive I know a better route.

"In .5 miles, exit on the right…"

I was momentarily confused. I looked around, dazed. Was this the exit I needed to take to get the Outerbridge Crossing? I was no longer quite as sure as I'd been before. And I had 30 seconds to figure it out.

I took the exit.

And I found myself on Route 9. She beat me this time. My sense of direction, never very strong, left me completely. I sat back and let her lead me. I let go. The trip took double the time it should have, but I made it home.

I may not always like where she takes me, but when I'm hopelessly lost, she brings me back home.

There is a peculiar serenity in that knowledge. I don't necessarily appreciate her advice, and I don't always listen, but there is a sense of trust. No matter how frustrated I am...no matter how annoyed...there remains that faith in her.

Perhaps, some day, my GPS-lady and I will learn to work together. Maybe we can just start this relationship over.

We are approaching Rosh Hashanah. Reflecting on the past year, I find that I've made plenty of bad decisions. I've traveled roads that led to nowhere, and exited roads that were to lead to my destination.

And sometimes, I've been hopelessly lost.

But I know, if I listen to His voice, He will always lead me back home.

My life is in Hashem's hands. I may not always like what He does. But I like the feeling that He's running the show. I like letting go.

This year, I think I'll make a greater effort to stay on course. I will trust Him.

Maybe we can just start this relationship over.

To my readers and fellow bloggers:

May Hashem grant you all a year full of bracha and hatzlacha, mazal, good health, only simchos, and everything you ask for in your tefillos.

To all of you searching for your soulmates, may you find each other SOON. (This is my blog. I can say whatever I want. Iy"h by all of you! :P)

Kesiva V'chasima Tova.


  1. If you're going to go against the GPS, you have to have enough confidence to shut the GPS off, otherwise you're asking for trouble.

    Great post, as usual. I really like the "Iy"h by all of you!" part :-)

    Kesiva V'chasima Tova!

  2. what if the road is changed or a new one is built and the GPS's maps are old and out of date, will you still follow it? We need to make sure we update our 'GPS' as well by adapting to a modern world.

  3. It's so hard...this blind faith. Sometimes, you just want to skip ahead and see where we are being taken. But I guess that's the nisayon in life and that's why emuna and bitachon is something that needs to be ingrained in us from the day we are born.

    Amen to your brachos and Kesiva V'chasima Tova!

  4. Wow!

    Leave it to "Mystery" to end the year with her best post ever! Pretty brilliant anaolgy...

    I know I speak for all of us in wishing you a blessed new year, with many thanks for your inspiring musings...

  5. BJG...

    Welcome back.
    I can't shut it off. I need to know that if I make a wrong turn...and I inevitably will...I have some backup.
    Thank you!

    flatbush chusid...

    Absolutely. We do need to update. But you gotta be careful with that...


    That's the thing about the GPS. You CAN skip ahead and see where you're being taken. But then, sometimes you choose to change that course.
    Thank you.


    Thank you!I appreciate that.

  6. Ksivah Vichasima Tova to you!
    May you continue to inspire yourself and others.

  7. Beautiful analogy!

    May all the brachos you wish upon others come back to you.

    May you have a good year filled with many happy moments and always find reasons to thank Hashem!