Wednesday, September 7, 2016

#BlogElul: Accept

When life gives us lemons, it’s not always easy to make lemonade.

It’s challenging to accept much of what gets tossed our way, grueling to play the sometimes crappy hands we’re dealt.

Financial challenges, health scares, illness (or its potential), divorce, accidents, domestic violence, learning disabilities, family discord, death and the circumstances leading to it – these and more take a toll on our bodies’ and our souls’ well-being.

And yet, they bolster us, too, forcing us to dig deep into our emotional coffers in search of the courage, moxie, strength, and spiritual capital we need to put one foot in front of the other, day after day, and slowly, steadily move forward to a better place.

Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this #BlogElul 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.