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Monday, September 29, 2008

5769!

Just checking in to wish you all a new year filled with the best of everything. May you be zoche to reach all of your lofty new-year goals this year!

Also, as I've gotten to know many of you better this year, the potential for accidental insults has risen dramatically... Please, please forgive me!

Even with all the judgement-day fear in the air, I'm so excited! This is one of my favorite times of year (I have a lot of them...) HaShem is so close and all He wants is for us to spend time appreciating Him. After the ten days, I feel so cleansed and ready to go into Sukkos, the yomtov of simcha, wholeheartedly. I love how the new year gives me a new chance to start over, hopefully starting from a better place than I was last year. So enjoy the yom tov, eat heartily, pray mightily, and emerge a better person!

(One thing that I find helps keep me positive is that at this time, I look back at the year as a whole. Not like a daily cheshbon hanefesh where you find all the little slips and trips -- when I look at the entire year a much rosier picture emerges of all I've accomplished. Try it!)

10 comments:

Lvnsm27 said...

kesiva v'chasima tova

The Babysitter said...

Shana Tova!

It is nice to think we get to start fresh, it makes it easier to be good, and it also helps to think of all that we accomplished, to see ourselves continuing in that way in the future, great ideas!

rickismom said...

A very good idea! Maybe I'll try it, as I feel that I really didn't get into the davenening this year....

katrina said...

Great post, Bas Melech! I sometimes find it hard to be positive around the ten days, but you put it into perspective.

AidelKnaidel said...

thats a really good idea! Im embarassed to say that for most of my life, I have always looked to this point of the year with dread, and an anticipation for it to be over. Maybe with your perspective things will change! Gmar chasima tovah.

halfshared said...

Gmar Chasima Tova!

ProfK said...

Gmar Chasimah Tovah. You are so right that we need to look at the whole picture of the year that was, not just the things that needed to be improved upon. It gives us chizuk to do even better this upcoming year.

nmf #7 said...

Gmar Chasima Tova!
Loved the post- thanks for the new perspective.
Someone actually just mentioned that in Shaarei Teshuva it says that once someone has decided to try to do teshuva- from that point on- considered a totally new slate, and only then one can slowly work on changing. The starting fresh actually is a condition before teshuva takes place.

u no hu ;-) said...

i'm a little slow on the uptake dear, so...

ah git kvittel, from your friend in "ishpeming!" (well, an ishpeminger chassideste anyhow!)

Bas~Melech said...

Thanks, everyone! (and welcome, Katrina, nmf7!)

u no hu: Maybe I'm even slower on the uptake. Am I supposed to get the "ishpeming" thing?
And I'm sorry about this, but I can't help it -- your new screen name makes me think of Weasley's "U-no-poo." Sorry. ;-P