I love the high holidays because they are a time to breathe, reflect, and set intentions. Yes, we can set resolutions on January 1st. But, for me, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are really the time to take stock. Sitting in the sanctuary and being moved by the beautiful melodies, the insightful sermons, and seeing so many of us together, leads me to think about the deep questions - do my priorities line up with how I have been spending my time? Have I been focusing on the right things? Is time passing by without me living the life I want? Of course, there are areas where I continue to fall short. I spend too much time on things with little impact, while sometimes giving less quality attention to those I love the most.
This year, I am working on giving myself a bit more grace. I’m not excusing bad behavior and I will keep trying to improve, but not every moment needs to be precious and being a human is hard – I will make mistakes. So, I am heading into 5784 with hopes that I will be more forgiving, patient, and kind with myself. And, if that strikes a chord with you, I hope the same for you too.