The current issue of Parabola magazine contains a marvelous article by Kenneth Krushel on his visit with Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz in Israel. In it, he describes how he came to request the use of Rabbi Steinsaltz’s writing on Teshuva as inspiration for an article about hope. Rabbi Steinsaltz writes of teshuvah as meaning “repentance,” from the root meaning “to turn.” Teshuvah denotes a turning about, a response, a curve, an arc.
Krushel’s article gave me pause to consider these turnings or re-turnings as inflection points. In the calculus of business this is a stage at which growth changes it’s curve either in an upward or downward trend.
Inflection points occur in personal growth as well. A person with whom I shared the article in Parabola said it reminded her of the arc and theme of “Little Kite”.
This, in turn, inspired her to sketch the symbolism of a kite hovering above the inflection of Teshuva (re-turning) and Tikvah (hope).