Whew! The 3-weeks-long High Holiday season takes up lots of energy on the Jewish calendar and in personal lives.
I fasted easily on Yom Kipur as usual, and felt more relaxed than I have in decades. Many important personal issues and perspectives are in satisfying order.
But I prayed hard for many soothing miracles to embrace the earth. What with the Ebola, enterovirus plus other health and safety scares in the headlines, we mortals need those blessings.
Holidays are too often filled with anxiety, anger, misery; Inner and outer pain of any sort. Sometimes the worst comes out in angry, sad or vengeful people just when you want to feel content, safe and secure.
Maybe this can help you to deal with all that:
A real life friend tagged me for The Gratitude Challenge. It's a bit of a game in which a person is asked to name 3 things for which they're grateful, several days in a row.
My Gratitude Challenge schedule is going to be briefer than most due to the High Holiday season (Sukkot begins tomorrow night).
But some of my thoughts illustrate how, and that, I persevered past some deeply upsetting and painful episodes in my life. I'm sharing a few of thoughts below.
Perhaps they'll help you, too. Please let me know.
Follow the conversation (join it, please!) until tomorrow.
You can even accept the Gratitude Challenge I gave to my Facebook friends/readers.
Grow your sense of gratitude. Read "Refining Silver" in the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge. It can rev up your emotional life.
Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.
Feel happier, one step at a time. It's a process, not an immediate commodity.