Hey KS Fans,
Someone said something very interesting and unknowingly to them quite profound, to me this weekend, and I have been mulling their words in my head frantically ever since – thinking….
What was said was this (based on an article she had read) ; Funny isn’t it -how much preparations we did for Hurricane Irene, driving ourselves crazy running around expecting the worse, preparing ourselves for what may come – But Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are on its way in just a few more weeks… What are we doing to prepare ourselves for that?”
Now please understand my KS fans- I am not preaching NOR am I looking to make any type of religious commentary – I was just deeply moved to thinking and have been AWAKEND to realizing –
What have I – ME PERSONALLY – done to prepare myself for this upcoming New Year and Day of Atonement?
I ran around like a chicken without a head before Hurricane Irene, making sure that I had every supply imaginable to prepare me for the worse and get me through the storm ahead. And Thank you HASHEM, I came out hardly touched compared to my neighbors on the right and left of me.
But other than shopping for some new Holiday clothes and preparing a possible Yom Tov menu …what have I done – of purpose -to prepare my soul- so to speak – to ensure that I make it through the Holy Days ahead unscathed and am granted a good year to come?
Have I made any real efforts to be kinder to my fellow man, or even my family and friends for that matter ? Have I been as diligent & careful as I could about watching my tongue and not gossiping? Did I make sure to treat my neighbor as I would want to be treated? There are so many instances in my day that the opportunity of being a better person and do the will of Hashem present itself I am sure – but did I grab the chance to do so? Or was I so busy in myself to notice the moment had passed me by?
Yes, I hope to think that I am a person that is always striving to be a better Jew A Better HUMAN, but on a day to day basis – WHAT REAL EFFORTS DO I MAKE TO DO SO? And now that Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur are NEAR – WHAT AM I doing to PREPARE MYSELF?
Well I am going to from this moment on try to do as many ACTS of KINDNESS , I can!
las little as making sure I am smiling and saying thank you to those I meet daily -to larger acts and seeking out specific organizations that do chesed in my community) -
I am going to make an effort to open my eyes to every opportunity that is presented before me – I am going to do what I can to PREPARE!
AND I am hoping that what they say is true.. if you do something consistently it will become a habit for life and will become effortless to do!
So my friends I know I am being quite deep and introspective on this lovely Saturday night…thank you for the indulgence – but I felt like I needed to share..