Prompted by Questions from Our Rabbi
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In a Shanah tovah / Happy Jewish New Year greeting to congregants, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum asked:
Think back on the year since last Rosh Hashanah...Where have you been this year?
- Who have you lost this year?
- Who have you become?
- What makes you proud?
- What makes you ready to face some changes?
- How have you spent your time? Your money? Your love?
- What would a chart of your year look like with highs and lows?
- Where do you want to be next year at this time?
- What relationships can be given a little help right now?
- What phone calls are you putting off?
- What cemetery visits haven't you done that you've wanted to do?
- What conversations have you avoided?
Just seeing these questions reminded me of how I miss this blog. At its best, it lets me make sense of my experiences and re-live them through writing about them. And yet, I've gone from blogging an average of ~three times a week, 2007-2009, to a bit more than twice a month on average. And where I was tweeting, on average, at least once daily, as well as posting to Facebook daily, since mid-yearish, it feels like I'm tweeting three times a week and not posting on Facebook daily.
How do my reflections breathe air when I'm posting them less frequently? Am I talking more with people face to face, using photographs to express myself now more so, or am I reflecting less often? Maybe it's all of these.
The rabbi's questions tempt me to pray about my hopes in response to a number of them and I'll yield to that temptation here:
God, please help me to be visibly adaptable, appreciative, attentive, compassionate, fair, giving, grateful, useful, wise, idea-filled, receptive to others' ideas, resilient, healthy, hopeful and humorous. Amen.