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Using Time Effectively

As we come to the end of the school year and prepare for the summer break, in the words of the Ramchal in the Mesilat Yesharim: it is an appropriate time to evaluate what has been in the past and how we view the future.

This evaluation on the past is twofold as we can see from the Mishnah in Pirkei Avot: "לפני מי אתה עתיד ליתן דין וחשבון" - before whom are you going to give an accounting. We see that the Mishnah uses a double language: דין and חשבון. what is the difference between them? One of the commentaries explains: Din - Judgment is an accounting for the actual deed that a person has done, some better and some worse. However: Cheshbon - accounting is an evaluation how I actually used my time. Did I manage to extract the maximum benefit from the time I had at my disposal?

This is a very positive exercise to do before one goes on holiday. The times when we are not busy can be very dangerous (spiritually and physically) if we have no structure and we just "hang around" waiting for something to do or to happen. As Chazal say: - doing nothing, brings a person to boredom, and boredom brings a person to sin.

Let us make sure we use our summer properly so that we can say: not only have our actions been positive but we have also used our time effectively. This way when we come back to our normal regular schedule, we come in not from a feeling of emptiness but from a feeling of tremendous fulfillment.

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