"It's about making just one thing better in your life."
The tradition of blowing the Shofar (ram's horn) marks the official beginning of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah for Jews worldwide. The Shofar makes these sounds: Tekiah, Shevarim, Teruah, Gadolah. These sounds are meant to wake us up: begin the days of repentance, warn the congregants, and stir the congregants to amend their life, now.
Many Jewish Americans use the New Year as a time to plan a better life, making "resolutions." Likewise, the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the New Year.
You can repent for sinning against business colleagues or family members, or for not performing appropriate mitzvahs regularly. However year after year I use this time to reflect about my life, what I could do better on the whole since I haven't "put olive oil in a sin-offering made of flour" anytime recently.
For those of us with chronic disease, whether in remission or currently active (or overactive), this time is a perfect opportunity to take some stock of where you are and to go over plans for the best self care possible in the coming twelve months.
Questions to address:
- How healthy am I? What is the overall quality of my life?
- How often am I sick with asthma or allergies? How much does that interfere with daily enjoyment of simple activities?
- Do I have an asthma action plan?
- When was the last time I saw my internist to go over all of the medication, supplements, vitamins I've been on?
- What about my diet -- how nutritionally balanced is it?
- What are my stress levels? When was the last time I did something nice for myself-a soothing herbal bath, received a massage or a mani/pedi (men, this includes you too!), bought some cherry flowers for the dining table, told someone how much they mean to me?
- How positive are the close relationships in my life? What needs to be done to make them more positive or to let go of relationships that are draining or worse, toxic?
- Have I surrounded myself with friends and family members that know how to help me in an emergency?
Add your own: what projects have you been meaning to tackle but have put off? Talking about joining a gym for years and never have? Now maybe is the time to commit to that trainer or gym membership. Been thinking about a diet but haven't felt motivated? Now is the time to get on track!
New Year's resolutions, the time to restart, can happen at any time, not just in September or in December, you can make changes at any moment to get closer to your goals.
Published On: October 07, 2008