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Reflection Time Selfie

Reflection Time Selfie

If this is your first time reading this series of my blog, please take a moment and read the introduction Elul Journey: A New Year Is Emerging – 5775  http://t.co/Y6vmXdO6GJ

Today is 21 Elul or 9 days until 5775; it is a time to reflect and to choose ways in which I can best move towards the High Holy Days and the days that follow.  While it is not easy to navigate life’s journeys, I always get to decide how to approach my life.  In this moment, I am choosing to walk gently and embrace each step with openness.  As I say this, I also realize that this would be a good time for a reality check.

During each blog post of my Elul Journeys, I will share a poem, a saying, a teaching that has helped me navigate the world.  Let me know what you think!

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Quote by Fred Rogers

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Sometimes life is hard.  Murders.  Tsunamis.  Job loss. Terrorism.  Genocide. Domestic violence. Homelessness. Unanswered prayers.

And yet, with each loss and with the drama that can sometimes be part of life, there are angels that make a difference for good.  There are people that will drop what they are doing in order to make the handling of a disaster a little less painful.  There are people that are in the midst of suffering that will still try to help others.  Some of us show that we care by offering money, a smile, a hand; some of us do nothing, but many of us do what we can.

Throughout my life, I have been supported and loved by strangers as well as loved ones.  My life wouldn’t be what it is today if people hadn’t helped me along the way.  Even today, I am feeling myself held as I need to navigate some difficult struggles.  And even today and throughout every stage of my life, I have done and continue to do what I can for others.  It really is an amazing gift to be on either side of this scenario.

At some point in our lives, we may need someone to help us navigate life’s harsh realities, may we be blessed to have that person appear with a large enough net.  And may each of us make a difference for good when someone needs us.

With blessings and light,


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(From Adon Olam – last verse)
Into His hand I entrust my spirit,
as I sleep and when I wake.  
With me in spirit and body, 
YHVH is mine, I need not fear.  (translation by David J. Cooper)

בְּיָדוֹ אַפְקִיד רוּחִי
בְּעֵת אִישַׁן וְאָעִירָה
וְעִם רוּחִי גְּוִיָּתִי
יְיָ לִי וְלֹא אִירָא

Over the past weeks, I have come to realize that life’s twists and turns are sometimes more than I can handle. Mostly I keep the darkness at bay.  I find my footing and strive to keep taking one step at a time.  Quite frankly, it amazes me that I have any success in this at all.  Regardless of how I feel inside, I always keep moving forward – even if I have to pause for a moment and work through what is going on deep inside of me.
Ultimately, I believe in the possibilities that surround me.  The open doors are beckoning to me and inviting me to walk through when and if I am ready.
While I do realize that somewhere along the road I have had to accept new realities and unanswered prayers, I am also aware that I don’t always understand the big picture.  Trusting that all will be ok is ultimately what I do.  Each day might have moments of uncertainty, but I also feel the love and light that surrounds me and my sons.
With all of this in mind, I am now allowing my journey to veer off course and to coast for the time being. The time has come for me to stop for a little while and to trust that by giving myself breathing room, I will ultimately end up where I need to be.
There is no option but to trust in the universe; fear does not serve me in the least.  ‘Sometimes you just have to ride the waves. . . . .’

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