Sunday, August 25, 2013

Do I Ask Too Much of Myself?: A #BlogElul Post

When I was in graduate school, I frequently asked questions in class.

Sometimes, I wanted clarification from the professor about a specific point.

Other times, my questions were part of a discussion.

At still other times, when I had no questions to ask, I was awed by the thoughtful questions my classmates asked.

Beyond the classroom, however, my relationship with asking is not always quite so clear.

Sometimes, when I don't understand what's being said, I get so flustered I don't know what to ask.

Other times, I'm just too embarrassed to ask

At still other times, (usually if the conversation is about celebrities), I don't care enough to ask.

Most of all, though, when I'm overwhelmed and the world feels like it's spinning out of control, I wonder if I ask too much of myself.

Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima,this post is one in a series marking the days of the Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes the Jewish High Holidays and traditionally serves as a time of reflection and spiritual preparation for the new year.