watching the grass grow

Everything around us in nature grows, yet almost none of that growth is perceivable in real time.

Likewise, our spiritual growth should be organic, almost imperceptible if not for hindsight.

Even though we want to feel and see the result of our accomplishments right now, spiritual endeavors are no different in this sense from physcial excersize -- the benefits only become apparent over time.

This is the meaning of "don't ascend stairs to my altar" in the end of Parashath Yitro. The Mizbeah (altar) was specifically designed with a ramp to illustrate that only constant gradual and fluid change bring us to Holiness.


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