I am holding myself responsible, by committing these thoughts to (virtual) paper, in front of an audience, that I will strive to make good on the goals I have set for myself for the coming year.
I will be responsible for:
Taking charge of my health, including getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating food that nourishes my body.
Repairing relationships that have started to fray at the edges or simply aren’t as intimate as they used to be. I will be present, I will be engaged, and I will make time for those I care about and connect with them as best I can.
Apologizing for the hurts I have caused in the past year.
Furthering my Jewish knowledge and practice, and working harder to integrate myself into the Jewish community.
Work on getting involved in an organization that helps to further the idea of tikkun olam, both in terms of my financial contributions and in terms of my time.
Continue to write and blog. Both fiction and reflective writing (though I know full well that by the end of this semester, I’m going to hate the very word reflection).
I don’t know where I’ll stand on these things come the 29th of Elul 5773, but I hope I will have at least made progress on all of them. I anticipate my life being radically different at this time next year in ways that I can’t quite fathom right now, but I know they’re coming. It’s going to be a crazy ride, but hopefully in the midst of all the work and the day-to-day realities of life, I can carve out some time for introspection and reflection, to ground myself.