You are correct: It is that time of year and as my Rabbi, Rabbi Yisroel, has reminded us in Torah class-our spiritual alarm clocks should be ringing.
Before Rosh ha Shana we are given this time during the month of Elul to prepare for the high holy days, listen to the Shofar and follow its lead. Through the Shofar sound we can feel the spirit and the calling to forgive, be charitable and pray for others as much as for ourselves. The gates are open and judgment day is around the corner so it’s time to focus on this significant CHAG in the Jewish calendar.
This is a really good opportunity to try and change at least ONE thing about ourselves. Now if you didn’t succeed last year on ridding yourself of a bad habit or one bad behavior you are given the chance again; that is one of the gifts from Judaism. Second chances, how rare do we find those in life? Right here, Right NOW.
Now about that reference to the “page” in the title of this blog post.
In a recent conversation with my very wise 80 year old Aunt G, we got into one of our deep and enlightening conversations; something we engage in often. Of course so many of us have tips and wisdom that we have acquired and have definitely earned in our lives. My aunt and I were speaking about our lives, about life in general and the quick passage of time in life.
Isn’t it amazing if you think back at just the past year and reflect on all that you have achieved, gained and lost in life and love too. The list can be a long one if we were productive people.
My aunt then shared with me something from her most recently read and liked quotes and it said the following:
“There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there’s so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.”
― Zayn Malik
Do you love this as much as I do? How profound a line and what an important point made by the fellow that wrote it. The words are ones that I imagine we could only strive to live by as our time rolls along. Let us not get “STUCK” on but one page in our books so we can meet again next year at this time and review how much more we have been blessed to accumulate in our own books of life.
Thank you Aunt Gloria, I love you and treasure you very much.
SHANA TOVA V’CHATIMA TOVA TO US ALL