Sunday, August 18, 2013

New Year Reflections

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?

    • Geographically
    • Emotionally
    • Relationship-wise
    • Work-wise
    • Friendships
    • Family
  • 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.

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