L’Shanah Tovah! For those of us who practice the Jewish faith, it’s the eve of a new year. As I throw bread into the lake tomorrow afternoon, a ritual known as tashlich, symbolizing the castoff of the year’s transgressions, I will also symbolically purge all the negativity that has been standing in my own way. Asking for forgiveness of others for mistakes I have made, I will also forgive myself for plans unfulfilled and goals unachieved. Releasing the bread crumbs from my hand, I will let go of the past year, no longer dwelling on what did or didn’t happen but instead looking forward to all the possibilities that come with a metaphorical clean slate.
In the days leading up to Erev Rosh Hashanah, I have of course reflected much on who I’ve been and what I’ve done (and, more obviously to me, haven’t done) this year, as well as where I want to go from here, as is custom. But instead of doing a lot of paca-paca (talking) about it, I am resolved for the changes to be reflected, and thus apparent to you, in my future actions. Here’s to a happy 5772!