At the beginning of time, God’s presence filled the universe. When God decided to bring this world into being, to make room for creation, He first drew in His breath, contracting Himself. From that contraction darkness was created. And when God said, “Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3), the light that came into being filled the darkness, and ten holy vessels came forth, each filled with primordial light.
In this way God sent forth those ten vessels, like a fleet of ships, each carrying its cargo of light. Had they all arrived intact, the world would have been perfect. But the vessels were too fragile to contain such a powerful, divine light. They broke open, split asunder, and all the holy sparks were scattered like sand, like seeds, like stars. Those sparks fell everywhere, but more fell on the Holy Land than anywhere else.
That is why we were created — to gather the sparks, no matter where they are hidden. God created the world so that the descendants of Jacob could raise up the holy sparks. That is why there have been so many exiles — to release the holy sparks from the servitude of captivity. In this way the Jewish people will sift all the holy sparks from the four corners of the earth.
And when enough holy sparks have been gathered, the broken vessels will be restored, and tikkun olam, the repair of the world, awaited so long, will finally be complete. Therefore it should be the aim of everyone to raise these sparks from wherever they are imprisoned and to elevate them to holiness by the power of their soul.
I started blogging despite the fact that I had no idea what I was doing. I created Living a Beautiful Life when I left the hospital emergency and was waiting to learn whether I’d need eye surgery or would simply lose my eyesight. Living a Beautiful Life is my first blog and I hope to continue for a long time.
I’m glad you didn’t lose your eyesight: What caused the doctors so much concern?
I’m not sure I want to go into more detail…the medical stuff kind of creeps me out. It was the result of injury though, not a condition or degenerative issue.
Would it be fair to say that the crisis over the potential loss of your eyesight precipitated a crisis of identity?
Interesting question. I love reading – and have since I learned how to read. When I was a kid a big treat for me meant going to the bookstore and picking a book to bring home. I’ve always felt that one of the best gifts I’ve ever received is exposure to books, and how fortunate I am to be literate. When I was at risk of losing my eyesight, I thought, “Oh no! Why can’t it be a limb or something else?” It would be fair to say my identity is wrapped up in reading, ideas and learning. Writing was always on the horizon for me and the possibility of leaving that unexpressed was devastating.
“No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.”
~ Gabriel García Márquez
When was the first time you felt an urge to write?
I’ve wanted to write for most of my life. I only started taking that vague notion off the back burner and putting it into action with my blog.
How did you decide on the name, ‘Living a Beautiful Life?
When I started my blog I didn’t know what I’d write about or even what my general theme would be. I thought about having a tiny speck of a space on the internet – what that would mean and what I wanted to contribute. On a fundamental level, I believe there is always room for more beauty in the world and it wouldn’t hurt to focus on that.
You say you knew nothing the day you started your blog, what have you learned about blogging and bloggers since that day.
I’ve learned the importance of what I call “blogging your love”. The closer to my heart a blog post is, the more rewarding it is for me to write and publish. It’s also more risky too; it just matters more. I still expect to hear crickets when I post something. Reader response is amazing. The fact that one other human reads something I wrote and takes time to comment just tickles me. I also enjoy reading other blogs and getting to know other bloggers. The blogging community is amazing and I’m so lucky to be a part of it.~ Danica – (Living a Beautiful Life blog)