"....There is no easy way to make change. And so we count, seven times seven — seven is the number of wholeness, completeness, the length of a week ending in Shabbat – we count seven times seven until we reach Shavuot, and each day, we must change one small thing until we have reached the foot of the mountain and are fit to stand before God.
It is a monumental challenge that God asks of us. How many of us have really succeeded in changing our lives? Certainly there are moments where our lives branch— what college do we go to, what do we major in, do we marry or not and whom? Have children? How many? What job do we take? How long do we stay there? – and so on. But the truth is that most of us, most of the time— and often, even for these monumental life decisions— don’t really think them through first...."
By Rabbi Alana Suskin a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com