A new year has begun, according to Jewish custom. Rosh Hashanah – which literally means “head of the year” – has arrived. This is a time for self-reflection and for making peace with ourselves.
We consume apple pieces dipped into honey to ensure a sweet upcoming year. And we throw pieces of bread in a body of water to symbolize the casting away of our sins.
This is a time for hope and inner healing. It’s not a time to consider New Year’s resolutions like losing weight.
Rosh Hashanah is a big deal.
Like so many, I do a lot of soul searching during this holiday, but more than any other year, this year I’ve really taken reflection to heart. Like everyone else, I am not perfect and, yes, I sin.
For this upcoming year, I’ve decided to cast away perhaps the worst sin I’ve ever committed – mistreating myself.
Here are the sins I have been guilty of over the past year. Once I have forgiven myself, then I will hopefully be on a better path to becoming a better person.
Allowing medical fears to assault my mind.
Allowing medical paranoia to affect my judgment.
Postponing doctor appointments and avoiding doctors.
I need to cross the bridge from self-neglect to self-care and self-love. This is what I’m working on over the next year.
Easier said than done.
I have my work cut out for me.
But, then again, I’m hopeful this year may deliver many sweet, unexpected possibilities.
Have you wanted to improve yourself in some way? Please feel free to share your stories.
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