I recently spent a week visiting my Aunt Claire in the senior community where she lives
in the Midwest. It’s no surprise that her closest friends are a lot
like her – vibrant, engaged, engaging, fun, and interesting. I enjoyed meeting and socializing with them during my week-long visit.
By Wednesday, I had a realization: “I’m different here than in New York,” I said.
“What do you mean?”
“I smile, chat, engage – and participate in real
conversations here. It’s well worth the effort and it doesn’t feel like work at all.”
“At home, I don’t even know half the people who work in my office – or anything about them -- and on some days, the most interactive exchanges I have are
with the cashier who rings me up in Duane Reade or the guy who tosses my salad at lunchtime.
I know New York’s a tough place to live, but as Elul descends and I prepare to take an accounting of my soul, I hope to open it up to new beauty,
goodness, kindness, decency, humor, integrity, meaning, and more. Amidst the endless chatter and noise and self-centeredness that emanate from everywhere
, I not only want to seek out the beauty, goodness, kindness, decency, humor, integrity, and
meaning I know are out there, I want to be touched and enriched by these things – and to touch and enrich others with them as well.
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.