23 Av, 5777
If you've been reading this blog and its associated book over the years then you're aware of several upheavals in my life: Being struck blind and almost dead by a benign brain tumor called a Petroclival Tentorial Meningioma, emergency life-saving brain surgery, extraordinary efforts to regain health and vision, and relocating from one city to another in order to achieve several other goals.
It's enough to leave a person feeling winded.
And yet, I caught my breath, time after time, looking toward goals and steeling myself to reach them as I limped to the finish line.
I earned certification in ICD10 medical coding that way, plus certification in counseling skills, including Spiritual Chaplaincy (end of life issues), and rescue credentials from Israel's Homefront Command. I wrote a book to help other people to better cope with medical or mental health setbacks (kids, too!).
A person in daunting circumstances needs to strengthen themselves to face difficulties.
That mindset helped me to reach a miraculous milestone. I marked it with festivity.
This past Shabbat, I'd prepared a kiddush, a celebratory party, in my synagogue. Here is the speech I gave to my friends, neighbors and fellow congregants about why I'd bothered to share my happiness with them. I share it in the hopes of strengthening your resolve to deal with your setbacks in optimal fashion:
This Kiddush is my way of saying a big “Thank you.” You are beautiful to my eyes.
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Fill your mind, heart and soul with a sense of an ever-better future. Then ask GOD to help you to make it happen!