With the west spinning out of control, there are countless reasons to be despondent. Nevertheless, in light of the upcoming Jewish New Year, Rosh Ha-Shana, it is intrinsic to take note of one’s blessings, that which far too many take for granted on a daily basis.
Equally important, one must be willing to reflect upon personal shortcomings, as such, to seek improvement and to repair. No one should be so arrogant to believe that they are immune from self-criticism, thereby, there is little need to take an accounting.
In this regard, individually, we are all responsible for our actions – be they positive or negative – and this is no small matter. Many live a lifetime without taking ownership, even for personal happiness and self-fulfillment. Tragic.
Similarly, by appreciating loved ones – from the littlest to the not so little – everyday life becomes that much sweeter. As is known, one never knows what tomorrow will bring.
And if I have learned anything over the years (through sudden loss, losing the very one who touched the deepest recesses of my soul) it is that there are no guarantees. Still yet, there is always hope for a better tomorrow, as cliche as it sounds. This level of recognition and appreciation becomes that much clearer when one learns to count one’s blessings.
The point being, as I reflect upon this past year – from last Rosh Ha-Shana to the upcoming one – it is doubtful that I would have been able to appreciate the “special someone” who entered my life during this period without having learned how to treasure the simplest joys of everyday life and G-d’s blessings.
So whether walking through a park, hopefully, hand in hand with a special someone, or enjoying an evening out at an elegant venue, it should never be far from mind that the moment at hand is precious – but that entails the ability to count one’s blessings, each and every day!
Yes, “through the good times, through the bad times, when a man loves a woman it’s for all times.” Ditto….when a woman loves a man….