Our days are so consumed with doing, it can be easy to miss the importance of being.
If we are going to acquire skills A, B, and C, are those skills going to be fully realized if our very being is not in harmony with those actions?
And can we expect to be seriously competitive if we encounter someone who does possess that harmony of being and ability?
An oft-told story of Rabbi Zusya of Hanipol notes that he once remarked, "In the world-to-be they will not ask me, 'Why were you not Moses?' They will ask me, 'Why were you not Zusya?"