11 Kislev, 5776
I have lacked the energy or inspiration to share blogposts with you in recent days.
I am intermittently crying and pursuing daily activities as I mourn people whose murders might or might not have made your local headlines since September.
These are only some of the victims. Their families, friends, teachers and other acquaintances are victims, too.
So are you, to some extent.
You have lost what they might have contributed to the wider world. Their murderers in France, Israel, Kenya, Mali, and elsewhere made sure of that.
Funeral of Ezra Yehiel Schwartz, yeshiva student who was murdered by a terrorist Thursday in Gush Etzion, began Sunday morning, Boston time.
If you need to recover from sadness, discouragement and raw fear, I suggest that you read
Grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Your progress can help you and the wider world to be better off than before.
Read the inspirational passages in the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.
Grief can cripple us emotionally. Sadness is normal, but it should evolve in stages that permit you to refocus on life.
Do things to restore your optimism: Reach out to friends, actively help someone, and smile on purpose.
Behave pleasantly on purpose. Push yourself to focus on living a joyous life. Create one as necessary.
Me? I'm preparing for a Chanuka party with friends who also dine on vegan, vegetarian or macrobiotic meals. We'll eat foods safe for our health as we listen to uplifting music, share upbeat thoughts, and strengthen each other.
Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.
Fill your mind and heart with goodness.
And pray for God Almighty to save the world in peace, health and happiness.