Elul Reflection for 24 Elul 5776

Before Falling Asleep

How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, you were to recall to their minds the events of the whole day and consider exactly what had been good and bad.

Then, without realising it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day. Of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this. It costs nothing and is certainly very helpful.

Whoever doesn't know it must learn and find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one strong.

(adapted from The Diary of Anne Frank)

Why not spend the next week - just seven evenings - recalling the good and the not-so-good in your life. Spend five minutes. Don't try to solve the challenges, necessarily. Just acknowledge them. Celebrate the good. Hold on to them. At the end of the week, ask: Am I stronger? Wiser? Clearer?

                                   

--Rabbi Gersh Lazarow

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