A few weeks ago I cooked a brisket, which I sliced and then froze. It was my opening salvo to get ready for the holidays which begin next Sunday evening with the celebration of Rosh Hashonah, the Jewish New Year. It's not exactly like December 31. No
crystal ball drop, no Dick Clark (RIP) countdown to Midnight. But it does have
that same sense of a fresh start. Waterford
But before I begin 5773, the year in the Jewish calendar, I like to look back over the previous 12 months, give thanks for my blessings, recognize the lessons learned, apologize to those I've offended, focus on areas of improvement, and set goals for the future.
It's that last one that has me thinking. Recently I wrote a blog about our summer vacation and titled it, "Always Better in the Retelling." It's how we all now laugh uproariously at the trials and tribulations of past family vacations. But I'd like to change that for the future. Not the laughing part or the shared family memories. But instead, my hope for the New Year, besides a most fervent one of good health for family and friends, is both complicated and simple.
I'd like to learn how to enjoy the moment when it's happening – and not just after it's finally over. Too often I allow my fears and insecurities to overwhelm me and preclude me from being fully immersed in what is happening. My mind is going a mile a minute, instead of slowing down to admire the passing scenery so to speak. Or sometimes I find myself so caught up in the minutia of preparing for the holiday or family celebration, that I'm too tired or too busy to enjoy it once it's here. Or at times I realize that I'm missing my loved ones who have died so much that I fail to savor those around me.
In short, I don't want to enjoy life by looking at and then enjoying the videotape (real or figurative) – but rather learn to focus and appreciate the "right now." I don't want to live so much in the past or project so far into the future that I miss the present. It's a journey for sure, but I begin it in 5773.
I wish for each and every one of you L'Shana Tova, which means "For a Good Year." May it be filled with health, happiness, family, friends, and joy.
Marian aka The Northern Half of Evelyn David
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