A few years ago, my daughter Tamar asked if she could read me her school class schedule. Realizing this was her first time with a personal organization plan, I asked her why she was so excited to read it to me. She replied that the schedule would let her know where she was going. Further, she told me that she took her schedule with her so she would never get lost.
I could not think of a better message for the ten days of repentance. We are about to embark on a new journey in our lives. Jewish mysticism teaches the innate capacity of Rosh Hashanah to spur us to a new beginning in our lives. We cannot change the past but we can choose each day to build a brighter future for ourselves and our families.
Imagine the rest of the year as a concrete sidewalk and you are tasked with carving into it your signature of a design. During the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur G-d loosens the spiritual cement of our character and eases our effort to change. Habits are hard to break but this time of year is infused by the Almighty with the possibility for real change.
However, like Tamar realized, we cannot know what we want to change or where we want to go unless we develop an action plan. Print out the personal mission statement on the 40 Day website and reflect on the questions during the holidays. Write down your action plan during the next ten days. Identify realistic goals for yourself everyday and carry it with you in your mind and soul.
We are blessed with a navigation system for our souls. On Rosh Hashanah we seek to align our lives with the timeless values of the Torah and develop the courage to realize our hopes and dreams for ourselves and our souls.
Maximize the gift of a new beginning. Develop a road map for your life. Where am I now and where do I want to be? How can I be a blessing to my family, community and the world? What three concrete action steps can I take every day to enable my life to be lived to the fullest?
Thanks for joining the journey.
May G-d grant you and your families a healthy, sweet and spiritually uplifting new year and may all of our prayers and wishes be fulfilled for the good.